Sunday Morning Book Thread 04-15-2018

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Library of Mikey NTH


Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Oh, and we've got a new category of readers, escaped oafs and oafettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, a weekly compendium of reviews, observations, and a continuing conversation on books, reading, and publishing by people who follow words with their fingers and whose lips move as they read. Unlike other AoSHQ comment threads, the Sunday Morning Book Thread is so hoity-toity, pants are required. Even if it's these pants, which I didn't think you could get away with wearing, even on late night TV.


Pic Note

Mikey writes:

The desk that is seen in part of the picture is one that my mom's maternal grandfather bought as a young doctor. He needed a desk that patients (early 1900's) would see as he was responsible. A date on a drawer is June 6, 1841, so he got it well-used. (Thrifty, I like that.)

The taller glass bookcase is not quite as old, but has been around for a long time doing that duty as well as china cabinet. The smaller is from a furnished apartment in a building my grandparents owned near where the old Olympia Stadium in Detroit was.

Some of the books were from a great grandfather's library - he was superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools in the late 19th - early 20th centuries.

You can click on it for an embiggened view.

The most typical modern books are those in which the central figure is himself an exception, a cripple, a courtesan, a lunatic, a swindler, or a person of the most perverse temperament…But in a fairy tale the boy sees all the wonders of fairyland because he is an ordinary boy.

--G.K. Chesterton

It Pays To Increase Your Word Power®

Something that is OUBLIABLE is deserving to be forgotten.

Usage: This. Is CNN: Putting the "oub" in oubliability since 1979.

Moron Mike Hammer submits the word 'rhodomontade' which is defined as blustering speech or rant. As in: "Nothing got accomplished because Maxine Waters' hair rhodomontaded the entire hearing."


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The Man With Nae Trous


Vandalizing the Past

If you think there should be a novel, set in the 19th century, about a family of girls that is blended, multiracial and LGBTQ inclusive, then you should write a completely new novel, set in the 19th century, about a family of girls that is blended, multiracial and LGBTQ inclusive. I probably wouldn't read it, but I don't have any objection to it. But progressives aren't satisfied with that. Why should they expend all of that effort coming up with new ideas for a completely new novel? Instead, they prefer to just vandalize somebody else's property in order to propogate their agenda:

According to an exclusive by Entertainment Weekly, Louisa May Alcott's classic novel "Little Women" will be "reimagined" in a graphic novel in honor of its 150th anniversary. Except this one will have a twist: The title character Jo March will be lesbian...The new version will be titled, "Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy." EW says that “the March family is blended, multiracial and LGBTQ inclusive, with updates making it resonant to an even wider swath of today’s young readers.”

Of course, this is what progressives always do, right? They take something that's not theirs, hollow it out, wear its skin, and then walk around demanding respect. Alcott herself was a feminist, a participant in the Underground Railroad, and once told an interviewer, "I am more than half-persuaded that I am a man's soul put by some freak of nature into a woman's body ... because I have fallen in love with so many pretty girls and never once the least bit with any man." She probably made her female characters as outside-the-box as she felt she could get away with. But apparently this isn't enough for today's progressives.

This defacing of somebody else's work reminds of this Babylon Bee piece, Exclusive Reveal: 7 Upcoming Progressive Disney Princesses. Here's my favorite:

A Disney princess who uncovers an evil plot by her uncle to steal the throne, but rather than arm herself to stop him, begins a national protest movement to ban guns from law-abiding citizens. Upon discovering that her uncle wants to usurp the throne, she phones some powerful anti-gun lobbying groups and gets them to fund her “national movement” for gun control. Some animals sing a song about it in the woods. Sounds like a great time!

But getting back to Little Women, serious readers might be interested in the new edition, Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters by Ann Boyd Rioux:

Today, Rioux sees the novel’s beating heart in Alcott’s portrayal of family resilience and her honest look at the struggles of girls growing into women. In gauging its current status, Rioux shows why Little Women remains a book with such power that people carry its characters and spirit throughout their lives.

So this is a book with such universal appeal that it has stood on its own for 150 years. So why ruin it with modern tropes?


Bauhaus In Your House



Seriously, why would you want to do this? Say you're looking for a particular book. Then what are you going to do? You can't just glance through the titles. No, you're going to have to pick up EVERY DAMN BOOK, turn it around, and read the title until you find the one you're looking for.

It's kind of ugly, too. It looks like a big pile of nothing.


Moron Recommendation

A number of you have recommended the 'John Dies @ the End' series by David Wong.

While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on. Together, they navigate a diabolically convoluted maze of illusions, lies, and their own incompetence in an attempt to uncover a terrible truth they -- like you -- would be better off not knowing.

This is part of the blurb for the third book in the series, What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror. This was preceded by This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It and the first, the eponymously named John Dies at the End, which was adapted for film back in 2012.

Anyway, I've never read any of them, but they're now on my list. The titles alone enough to make me want to read them.

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Moron Skandia Recluse recommends Yugoslavia Death of a Nation by Laura Silber and Allan Little. He sees forerunners of Trump vs. the progressive mob in the early days of post-Tito Yugoslavia:

The text starts on page twenty-five and at the bottom of the first page of text is this - 'This book shows that Yugoslavia did not die a natural death. Rather, it was deliberately and systematically killed off by men who had nothing to gain and everything to lose from a peaceful transition from state socialism and one-party rule to free-market democracy.'

Upon reading that first quote, I applied the palm of my hand to my forehead and exclaimed, "I should have guessed that." My first question had been answered. Reading further the word 'nationalism' appeared repeatedly and I gradually understood why the progressive liberal in the United States hates and fears Donald Trump. If Trump succeeds in inspiring and uniting the great silent patriotic majority to make America great again, the liberal dream of a fundamental transformation of the US into a socialist paradise and their ascension to power is delayed if not stopped. Trump must be neutralized if not destroyed or the socialist paradise will never be. Of course, the liberals could just hope to wait until Trump is out of office and another democrat assumes the Office of President.

As ace mentioned the other day, the progressives thought that with the ascension of Hillary, they were at last approaching the End of History and that Trump was just a meaningless distraction -- until he won.


What I'm Reading

I just picked up Uncommon Character: Stories of Ordinary Men and Women Who Have Done the Extraordinary by Douglas Feavel because (a) it showed up as an Amazon suggestion while I was looking at something else, and (b) it was FREE.

This inspiring book is filled with unforgettable people who challenged and changed their world in remarkable and admirable ways. You’ll be introduced to personalities who are living and historical, familiar and unknown, domestic and foreign. Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth understanding? How does a hero personify favorable character?

Glancing through the table of contents, the only names I recognized were Ronald Reagan and Richard Wurmbrand. So I figure at the very least, I'll get an education.


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1 !

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 08:52 AM (i/ESc)

2 Drat!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 08:52 AM (n9EOP)

3 Tolle Lege

Posted by: Skip at April 15, 2018 08:52 AM (aC6Sd)

4 Good morning my fellow Book Threadists. It's been a good and eclectic week of reading at Chez JTB. Hope everyone had an equally good week.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 08:53 AM (V+03K)

5 Wow look at all those bookcases.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 08:54 AM (mpXpK)

6 Currently re-reading the Last Jihad series by Joel C. Rosenberg. What sparked me to go back to this series was wifey cleaning out our bookcases and sorting out books that we no longer needed because of getting e-book versions and boxing them up to take to the libray for donation. She showed me Book 5 (Dead Heat) of that series and asked if I had it on kindle. At the time I bought that hardback there was no kindle and I did not have it. So I told her to take it to the library anyway and the next time I went to that series I would get book 5 on the kindle. Which I have done now.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 08:55 AM (mpXpK)

7 I wonder if "oubliable" is related to "oubliette", a small secret dungeon with a trap door ceiling.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 08:55 AM (qJtVm)

8 Glass front bookcases. Dammit.

Posted by: Dust at April 15, 2018 08:57 AM (5OO3x)

9 Mikey NTH
Is there a story that goes along with the flag and you wish to share?

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 08:57 AM (n9EOP)

10 Still working on Ionian Mission from the Aubrey/ Maturin series, it is good just no time to read.

Finished a book case like those pictured years ago for someone it was coated and grimy, anyway stripped it all down and it came out a glorious red color. It was old, the adjustable pins were iron.

Posted by: Skip at April 15, 2018 08:57 AM (aC6Sd)

11 Started reading Pratchett (again) after last weeks comments. What an imagination and ear for dialog he had!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 08:58 AM (n9EOP)

12 Very nice library, Mikey!

I’m bouncing betwixt three books right now: the aforementioned John Dies In The End by “David Wong”; After London: Or, Wild England by Richard Jeffries (1889); and Our World in Space with pictures by Robert McCall and text by Isaac Asimov (1974)

After London: Or, Wild England is a Victorian (!) post-apocalyptic novel of England ravaged by some unknown apocalypse. It begins with a detailed account of Nature reclaiming England and making it truly, epically green: forests encroaching on fallow farmland; untended dams bursting and making whole swathes of the country swampland; domesticated animals reverting to their wild nature; pests devouring grain stores and making farming near impossible; and the few remaining humans walled up in medieval villages to keep it all out.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 08:58 AM (qJtVm)

13 Mikey's library is almost bigger than my apartment.

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 08:59 AM (i/ESc)

14 Lauren makes herself out to be an idiot by stacking her books back to front.

I see lots and lots of cats in her future.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at April 15, 2018 08:59 AM (EoRCO)

15 My space jones was fingered by going to the Air and Space Museum to see the recreation of that creepy white Neoclassical bedroom the dying Bowman found himself in at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey. There was a hallway lined with those wonderful Robert McCall illustrations for the movie:

http://www.mccallstudios.com/2001-a-space-odyssey/

I love the one of the astronauts at Clavius Base.

In the chapter on the outer planets and asteroids, Asimov suggests that Moon colonists (which we will surely have by 2018, I would think!) would be better suited to explore the outer solar system than Earth men; they would be better adapted for long voyages and the low-gravity worlds they encounter. Alas, they would also suffer from the effects of high acceleration, which are tough enough on us thicker-boned Terrans.

This is an issue that has always fascinated me: how will colonization bring about new variations on old world cultures, and how will the inevitable changes wrought by environment and genetic engineering separate us over the long haul?
“The asteroid colonists may end up becoming a third variety of human beings. There will be high-gravity man on Earth, low-gravity man on the Moon and Mars, and zero-gravity man on the asteroids.”

“Although the asteroid people can be an economic unit with regard to material resources…the colonies will nevertheless remain well insulated from each other by cast spaces as far as everyday life is concerned. Each one will surely develop its own way, its own dialects, its own art, its own music, its own literature. There wil be a cultural diversity among the asteroids that cannot possibly be matched on the surface of a larger world made into a tight unit by the advance of technology. The existence of a thoroughly colonized asteroid belt will therefore immeasurably enrich the life of mankind in every way.”

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:00 AM (qJtVm)

16 Mikey's library is almost bigger than my apartment.

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 08:59 AM (i/ESc)


OK Comrade, you will only get two immigrant yutes assigned to your apartment...

unless you have a garage!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 09:01 AM (n9EOP)

17 I guess all of Lauren's books are mysteries.

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 09:01 AM (i/ESc)

18 I'm reading an L.T. Ryan book. Fast paced, light reading that's interesting and comes with the Kindle unlimited.
My husband wrote an App that finally made it to the Apple Store, that is sort of like writing a book, right?

Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:01 AM (kufk0)

19 I read the Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg. This is a fast-paced, exciting thriller which has a Putin-like character bringing the world to the brink of a nuclear war. It's up to Marcus Ryker, ex-marine, ex-secret service agent to stop him.

Posted by: Zoltan at April 15, 2018 09:01 AM (RKP6T)

20 Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:01 AM (kufk0)

Congrats to hubby.

BTW, does the app block AoSHQ?

asking for a friend

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 09:03 AM (n9EOP)

21 With regard to "rhodomontade", may I suggest one of my favorite words, "borborygmy"? It is an example of onomatopoeia - that is, a word that mimicks the sound of the thing it names, in this case, the gurgling noise made by one's intestines. It can also be used to describe a speech by President Obama.

Posted by: Brown Line at April 15, 2018 09:03 AM (S6ArX)

22 I like Mikey NTH's office. I have a a weakness for glass front bookcases and have one inherited from my grandfather who got it used. IIRC, it is from the late 1800s. Can't believe the glass has survived after all the moves. My Very Special Books are kept there.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:03 AM (V+03K)

23 My husband wrote an App that finally made it to the Apple Store, that is sort of like writing a book, right?

Sure !

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 09:04 AM (i/ESc)

24 Gotta go, but must mention that I spent some time yesterday at Oldsailor Poet's (Amy Lynn series) book signing. We had a nice conversation about publishing.

There's a new book, 'Hatchet', for them as didn't know.

Posted by: Mike Hammer, etc., etc. at April 15, 2018 09:04 AM (y3sT9)

25 Got the Uncommon Charactee book. I like biographies and look forward to listening to it.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 09:04 AM (rp9xB)

26 Very nice Library Mikey.
How often does the rigging need dusting?

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 15, 2018 09:05 AM (vFHFh)

27 Read 'The Long Way Home' by Sabrina Chase. The first of three books in her Sequoyah series. The heroine is Moire Cameron a spacecraft pilot who in the book's beginning is suffering from an attack of crabs. Not those type of crabs, these are enemy spacecraft called crabs. Moire also has a mysterious past that Chase slowly reveals, as well as dealing with a powerful corporation. A good space opera.

Some head music.

Dire Straits-Once Upon a Time in The West
https://youtu.be/bqw6aFrlGEE

Imelda May-Johnny's Got A Boom Boom
https://youtu.be/OhogVvwbwkw

Pleasure Seekers-What a Way To Die
https://youtu.be/ddDHPWJIfEY

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 15, 2018 09:05 AM (8EJVd)

28 Any time the book Little Women is mentioned I think of
Get Smart .

Max asking agent for password: Who wrote Little Women?

Agent : The book or the screenplay?

Max: There was a book?

Posted by: Zombie MacArthur at April 15, 2018 09:06 AM (2DOZq)

29 It's weird. I just yesterday came across "rhodomontade" in a Nero Wolfe story.

"Oubliable" I could figure out from the root word. Yes, I know some strange, inconsequential stuff.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:06 AM (V+03K)

30 Comrade Hrothgar,
No, the app doesn't block AoSHQ...haha! He knows I would probably divorce him if he tried to keep me away from y'all. This blog is my side piece.

It allows you to access your MythTV(open source DVR) backend through your iphone or ipad. Called MythTV viewer.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:07 AM (kufk0)

31 Not those type of crabs,

Oh,

It was just getting interesting.

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 09:07 AM (i/ESc)

32 All Hail Eris,

The Mr. Spock drawing you mentioned last week that's in the Giant Nerd Books store is not for sale. The owner told me it was given to him as a gift shortly after he opened his store so it has sentimental value to him.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 15, 2018 09:08 AM (8EJVd)

33 Mike H.,
Where was OSP's book signing? I didn't know he was touring.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:08 AM (kufk0)

34 Has anyone else read "The Boomer Bible"? Dad has a copy, for some reason it popped into my head the other day. I haven't looked to see what it's going for yet.

If you like the kind of book that it is, then it's the kind of book you might like.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 09:08 AM (y87Qq)

35 borborygmy - what a great word!

"The eructation and the borborygmy, the yellow eyeball and the pallid cheek betray too plainly where the trouble really lies."

"Borborygmy" or "Clamorous peristalsis" would be good reasons to call in sick.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:09 AM (qJtVm)

36 Off Sock. That reminds me though, American Caesar is probably in top ten of must read biographies.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:09 AM (2DOZq)

37 Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 15, 2018 09:08 AM (8EJVd)

*le sigh*

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:09 AM (qJtVm)

38 All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

Robert McCall is one of my favorite artists. I've gone to the downtown NA&SM just to see his large paintings. I used to have a print of his on my wall.

When I went to the Bicentennial in DC, I spent 12 hours in the Air & Space Museum. His painting had a big impact on the more callow me.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:10 AM (hyuyC)

39 My book group is reading Forster's A Room With a View and I'm impressed at what a snarky sense of humor permeates it. When I first encountered it I thought "hmmm, is this more of a comedy than I was expecting" only to have that confirmed very quickly. For anybody thinking snark is a recent phenomenon, just the dumbass variety that not so funny boys like Kimmel and Coal Bare provoke the clapping seals with.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 09:10 AM (y7DUB)

40 Book nerds!

Posted by: Ogre at April 15, 2018 09:10 AM (Dp6qK)

41 Speaking of Jo March, Winona Ryder wasn't half-bad-looking in her youth. Wifey just watch "Little Women" yesterday on Netflix.

Posted by: JAS at April 15, 2018 09:10 AM (sCN2W)

42 I covet those shelves. Real. Wood. Shelves.

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 15, 2018 09:11 AM (PzBTm)

43 Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:03 AM (V+03K)

I use my grandparents' hutch as one of our bookshelves. It has curved glass doors on the top half.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 09:11 AM (rp9xB)

44 "The eructation and the borborygmy, the yellow eyeball and the pallid cheek betray too plainly where the trouble really lies."

Is that from Sean Penn's book ?

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 09:12 AM (i/ESc)

45 Lauren is a very bland person that no one wants to be around. And 'J' probably doesn't exist.

Posted by: Tami at April 15, 2018 09:13 AM (Enq6K)

46 JAS, that was a good version of "Little Women" I thought. When it came out people thought Winona was too pretty to play Jo, but she captured the awkwardness and spirit well.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:13 AM (qJtVm)

47 I wonder if "oubliable" is related to "oubliette", a small secret dungeon with a trap door ceiling.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 08:55 AM (qJtVm)



*shakes fist at sky*

Curse you, Eris! You got here with the info before me.

Anyway...yes, they share the same root word.

Cuz if you're going to throw someone into a dungeon through a small trapdoor set in a high ceiling as it's only entrance/exit-

yeah, it's probably to forget about them forever.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 09:13 AM (9q7Dl)

48 Gaze upon my books and loins Trebek. Your mother did!

Posted by: Sean Connery at April 15, 2018 09:15 AM (JHwDP)

49 Just finishing reading Art of War for first time. I'm thinking Stalin must have read at least the part that says throw your soldiers into positions where there is no escape and they will prefer death to flight. Soldiers in desperate straits lose the sense of fear.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:16 AM (2DOZq)

50 An update to a classic I thought only improved the original? Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 15, 2018 09:17 AM (PzBTm)

51 "As ace mentioned the other day, the progressives thought that with the
ascension of Hillary, they were at last approaching the End of History
and that Trump was just a meaningless distraction -- until he won."



It was all in the bag until it wasn't. Lying to others is bad, but lying to yourself is deadly. That is part of the insane reaction to Trump, he just couldn't win, all of their programs said so right up to him winning. If there had been more honest polling and assessments Hillary (a) may have been warned enough to pull it our and (2) there would not have been the cognitive dissonance resulting from the Trump win.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:18 AM (0QYMt)

52 I finished "The Doorbell Rang", a Nero Wolfe story for the Goodreads group. As usual, Rex Stout hits it out of the park with the rapid pace of the story, sparkling dialogue, and little points of character. Stout's boks are a quick read but they take me a while. I enjoy his writing so much I slow down and enjoy the writing style.

The book compelled me to make a trip to the used book store to get other Nero Wolfe novels. (Okay, I got a bunch of Bernard Cornwell Sharpes books too.) I now have about a dozen new to me Wolfe books to delve into.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:18 AM (V+03K)

53 lin-duh

OSP was at an awards show in NC (Biltmore?), where he got an award.

Normally, he is swanning around the country driving an 18-wheeler. I have told him I'll buy him diner if he is in the area.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:19 AM (hyuyC)

54 "Mikey NTH

Is there a story that goes along with the flag and you wish to share?"


It was flown over the Capitol for a youth camp I once worked at (that no longer exists). I put in the request to the representative's office.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:20 AM (0QYMt)

55 The story about Yugoslavia is complete rubbish. The ONLY people who wanted to keep Yugoslavia together were the Communists and Serbs (because they dominated Yugoslavia just like Russia dominated the USSR). The various nations that made up Yugoslavia were FORCED to become part of Yugoslavia - yet this idiot book claims there was no natural reason for it to collapse. That book is complete and utter rubbish.

Posted by: ggm at April 15, 2018 09:20 AM (MvoAg)

56 So this is a book with such universal appeal that it has stood on its own for 150 years. So why ruin it with modern tropes?


It's called bait 'n switch. You trick more people, catch more fish. Related to iowahawk's dictum "find a respected institution, kill it, gut it, wear its carcass as a skinsuit ..." etc.

Posted by: gay female Dr. Who & negro Spider man at April 15, 2018 09:20 AM (/qEW2)

57 morning Horde, started my day imbued with jealousy over today's library pic. That room looks about as big as my apartment.

Posted by: vivi at April 15, 2018 09:21 AM (11H2y)

58 It was all in the bag until it wasn't. Lying to
others is bad, but lying to yourself is deadly. That is part of the
insane reaction to Trump, he just couldn't win, all of their programs
said so right up to him winning. If there had been more honest polling
and assessments Hillary (a) may have been warned enough to pull it our
and (2) there would not have been the cognitive dissonance resulting
from the Trump win.


Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:18 AM (0QYMt)


I remember the story, I think from Politico, about how people on the ground in Michigan, particularly the union types, were begging the Brooklyn HQ to have her make a last-minute appearance in the state because things weren't good. HQ ignored them because their programs told them otherwise.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (Vz8kB)

59 Mikey, is that a photo of you shaking hands with Elvis or Nixon or Bigfoot or some other celebrity?

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (qJtVm)

60 "How often does the rigging need dusting?"

I use an airduster on it every so often.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (0QYMt)

61 Thanks to whoever mentioned Ethel Romig Fuller's book of domestic poetry on a previous book thread.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (5gaNQ)

62 With regard to "rhodomontade", may I suggest one of my favorite words, "borborygmy"? It is an example of onomatopoeia - that is, a word that mimicks the sound of the thing it names, in this case, the gurgling noise made by one's intestines. It can also be used to describe a speech by President Obama.

Posted by: Brown Line at April 15, 2018 09:03 AM (S6ArX)


One of the fun things about Japanese as a language -

is that it is stuffed to the gills with onomatopoeias used in every day language.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 09:23 AM (9q7Dl)

63 Thanks,
NaCly! I really enjoyed the Amy Lynn series. I knew he was back posting but he never mentioned a book signing. It would be awesome if he could schedule a route through Texas for the MoMe in October...There is even a place for his truck to park. (Speaking for Ben Had here)

Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:23 AM (kufk0)

64 Isn't that 007 in a dress ??

Posted by: REDACTED at April 15, 2018 09:23 AM (VWsDy)

65 Something that is OUBLIABLE is deserving to be forgotten.


*******

Such as that execrable Beatle's song "Oubla-di-oubla-duh" ?

Posted by: Muldoon at April 15, 2018 09:24 AM (wPiJc)

66 45: J is probably for Jasper the tom cat

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 09:25 AM (5gaNQ)

67 The physiological changes of asteroid miners into a very different culture was an underlying meme of Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 09:25 AM (y7DUB)

68 Thanks to whoever mentioned Ethel Romig Fuller's book of domestic poetry on a previous book thread.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (5gaNQ)

Domestic poetry? Now that DOES sound exciting!

Posted by: StrawMan at April 15, 2018 09:26 AM (AQODf)

69 RHODODENDRON FOADY FI!!

Posted by: Mad Maxine Waters at April 15, 2018 09:27 AM (NWiLs)

70 Prior to the primaries I could never convince myself that the unlikable lying evil bitch ever had a chance to be elected but then I became concerned once the primaries started. We dodged a bullet literally by the grace of a God. I don't think he was ready for the end of the world just yet.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:27 AM (2DOZq)

71 51 It was all in the bag until it wasn't. Lying to
others is bad, but lying to yourself is deadly. That is part of the
insane reaction to Trump, he just couldn't win, all of their programs
said so right up to him winning. If there had been more honest polling
and assessments Hillary (a) may have been warned enough to pull it our
and (2) there would not have been the cognitive dissonance resulting
from the Trump win.


Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:18 AM (0QYMt)

I was screaming about those polls right up to the election. In the ones where they gave the breakdown of the weightings they were oversampling Democrats by a huge margin. In the ones where they gave to breakdown you had to know they were oversampling by even more. when they post idiotic stuff like Scankles was going to win GA by +5% you had to know something was rotten. Trump won GA by 5.2% so they were 10% off.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 09:27 AM (mpXpK)

72 Oubliable is a French word. When did the book thread turn communist?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (fuK7c)

73 YAY BOOK THREAD!

I am fiiiinally making some headway on Loyal Valley: Diversion after a detour into short-story-land for another anthology, this one modern retellings of Greek myths and legends for an AYA audience. My contribution is a high school AU of Troilus and Criseyde with some anchoring details from the Iliad and assorted other Trojan War legends, so most of my reading for the past couple of weeks has been related to that. I'll share more when we have a final title and a public FB page.

As for Diversion, I'm trying hard to get it finished in time to publish May 1 and launch at West Texas Heritage Days at Fort McKavett that weekend. Please pray for me. (Even if I don't finish in time, at least I will have made some progress!)

Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (wbY28)

74 *While investigating a fairly straightforward case of a shape-shifting interdimensional child predator, Dave, John and Amy realized there might actually be something weird going on.*

And I thought my novel about a gay time-travelingrock star who teams up with Yoko Ono and David Bowie to stop Hillary from becoming president was an odd pitch.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (UKVPl)

75 Made a number of book comments on other threads. But here is what I'm reading:

I'm up to chapter 9 in both The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains by Lustig, and Birth of the Modern: World Society 1815-1830 by Paul Johnson.

Quite a contrast between the books.

Lustig has some interesting points, but sometimes his opinions get in the way of the data. I want to see if he handles fructose metabolism as well as he handles serotonin and dopamine.

Johnson just covering South American independence,the first Greek independence effort, and Egypt as an early 3rd World tyranny. Very interesting. Lots of parallels to today.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (hyuyC)

76 >>>'This book shows that Yugoslavia did not die a natural death. Rather, it was deliberately and systematically killed off by men who had nothing to gain and everything to lose from a peaceful transition from state socialism and one-party rule to free-market democracy.'


We break up Yugoslavia to prevent their car from become popular with resbian.

Posted by: the Subaru Corporation at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (/qEW2)

77 72 Oubliable is a French word. When did the book thread turn communist?
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (fuK7c)
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Bander! Hello.

I'm sure there's a 50-letter German word for it too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (qJtVm)

78 72 Oubliable is a French word. When did the book thread turn communist?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (fuK7c)

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Bander! Hello.



I'm sure there's a 50-letter German word for it too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (qJtVm)


How about Welsh?

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 09:30 AM (Vz8kB)

79 It allows you to access your MythTV(open source DVR) backend through your iphone or ipad. Called MythTV viewer.

Posted by: lin-duh at April 15, 2018 09:07 AM (kufk0)

Nice--I hope it does well. Been thinking about trying to do a MythTV, but there's nothing worth watching!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 09:30 AM (n9EOP)

80 @Eris and naturalfake: "oubliette" literally means "place to be forgotten." (I know because it came up in an episode of Great Castles of Europe.)

Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 15, 2018 09:30 AM (wbY28)

81 Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (qJtVm)

The boss who hired me.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:30 AM (0QYMt)

82 The decorating with books business reminded me: Back in the day when such things were common, I was the manager of a small privately-owned bookstore in Birmingham, Michigan. One of the people on the staff had attended Cranbrook Academy and Harvard and suffered fools not at all. He appeared in the back room one day completely stunned, with the following tale. A woman had asked him if we had a green book. Now, it was not uncommon for people to ask for a book they had seen or heard about and knew very little about, so Michael asked a few question such as 'do you know the author?' and 'do you know anything about the story or subject matter?' She got very impatient with him and brought out a wallpaper swatch and said she wanted a book which would match it. After he recovered and successfully resisted the urge to show her the door, he found a reproduction illustrated manuscript published by Braziller and she ended up paying about $50 and walking out the door happy. But we were all a little discouraged by that.

Posted by: Jaclyn at April 15, 2018 09:31 AM (PfJ3B)

83 Vic We Have No Party

I identify as a 44 year old black women on telephone polls. And I lie. My excuse - it worked.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:32 AM (hyuyC)

84 Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (hyuyC)

Is Johnson's book just about modern politics? Does he include how the industrial revolution effected world politics ?

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:32 AM (2DOZq)

85 Instead, they prefer to just vandalize somebody else's property in order to propogate their agenda:


Yeah, I dislike the Necroplagarism -

(you were here at the birth of a new word!!!)

of the Left.


But, to be fair, that's pretty much the coin of the realm these days in popular culture.

Look at how many times per year poor old Sherlock Holmes is dragged out of his coffin and buggered senseless by some shabby doppelgänger's new adventure in some talentless hack's novel or TV show or movie.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 09:33 AM (9q7Dl)

86 The latest trip to the used book store yielded a couple of surprises: beautiful, leatherbound editions of "Shotguns By Keith" by Elmer Keith and "Guns of the Old West" by Charles Chapel. These are considered classics both for the subjects and the quality of writing. They are pristine. I doubt the owner ever read them. That will change over the next few days.

Some reviews, probably by children under 40, complain they are out of date. The would likely say the same if they saw my gun safe. Screw 'em and their 'if it ain't new, who cares' world view.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:33 AM (V+03K)

87 Mikey NTH

What a beautiful library. And an "I love me" wall to boot! Plus its organized and neat, not like the tornado sorting effect of my own books.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:34 AM (hyuyC)

88 "Yugoslavia Death of a Nation" is a scholarly study of what happened and is written in the language of the professional academic; dull and dry. The first third of the book is about meetings. Game of Thrones level meeting where politicians plot with allies to destroy their rivals and gain political power for themselves.

I also attempted to read "Love Thy Neighbor" by Peter Baas who immediately starts out with a description of the atrocities (for dramatic effect). Anyone who has read history knows that atrocities are common, however horrible they are for the victims. At one point, early in the book, Mr. Baas Laments, "Why! Why! How could this happen? He had a job, went to work every day, worked for the railroad, wore a railroad hat, had a TV."

A few pages later he describes a minor government official as a rapist murder and again laments, "How could this happen?" (Presuming a minor government official has dedicated his life to serving his country.)

Then on page nineteen, Mr. Baas writes "What about the Americans who buckled under to McCarthyism?"

That is when I closed up the book and put it on the shelf, never to open it again.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse -barely woke at April 15, 2018 09:34 AM (roQNm)

89 68" More sweet than exciting, and reminiscent of women of my grandmother's vintage who made a career out of home and hearth. A pleasant change.
I was also drawn to her Michigan roots.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (5gaNQ)

90 So, I finished Heart of Darkness. Quite like it, but what really struck me was how good an adaptation Apocalypse Now was.

You get these stupid things where they put Hamlet in a rap group in the thirties or something and they're just contrivances. Apocalypse Now really matched the spirit of HoD and used the new setting to great effect.

I've started My Man Jeeves, because so many people rave about Wodehouse. It's pleasant enough frippery so far.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)

91 Yay book thread!

I finally posted a review of Moira Greyland's memoir The Last Closet, about her childhood of abuse suffered at the hands of her parents lesbian Marion Zimmer Bradley and gay pedophile Walter Breen.

It says a lot about liberal sex culture, and growing up in Berkeley in the 70s-80s.

I recommend it for most readers.

Anyway, my review is at the link at my nic.

Posted by: @votermom @vm pimping great books usually free or sale at April 15, 2018 09:37 AM (hMwEB)

92 78 ... "I'm sure there's a 50-letter German word for it too.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (qJtVm)


How about Welsh?"

At least the Germans will use some vowels.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:38 AM (V+03K)

93 Sebastian Melmoth

It's a very comprehensive book. Healthy Kansas Tarantulas would be squashed flat by it.

It has art, literature, poetry, economics, engineering, politics, war history, and exquisite thumbnail sketches of people, places and mores.

I'm learning more than I ever thought I would. It's tough to push new things into my thick skull without pushing something old out.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:39 AM (hyuyC)

94 Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 09:22 AM (0QYMt)

Because it's important to have out priorities in order, what is the game on the computer. Art style looks like an Elder Scrolls, or at least general Bethesda.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 09:41 AM (rp9xB)

95 90
So, I finished Heart of Darkness. Quite like it, but what really struck me was how good an adaptation Apocalypse Now was.



You get these stupid things where they put Hamlet in a rap group in
the thirties or something and they're just contrivances. Apocalypse Now
really matched the spirit of HoD and used the new setting to great
effect.



I've started My Man Jeeves, because so many people rave about Wodehouse. It's pleasant enough frippery so far.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)


I had to read Heart of Darkness for a HS English Literature class. I hated it. And I was an avid reader then usually going through 3 or 4 books a week.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 09:42 AM (mpXpK)

96 I'm wearing short pants. Is that acceptable?

Posted by: Northernlurker-Teem at April 15, 2018 09:42 AM (nBr1j)

97 I actually would be into the USA going the way of Yugoslavia. As long as I got to live in one of the post breakup red parts.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at April 15, 2018 09:43 AM (UKVPl)

98 Oh, I think Mikey NTH has Churchill's six volume war memoirs.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:43 AM (fuK7c)

99 Good morning Horde!
I've been working my way through the Harvard Classics. Slow, I'm at Edmund Burke right now about the French Revolution. He wasn't much of a fan.

Posted by: Winston at April 15, 2018 09:43 AM (wgCUV)

100 I've started My Man Jeeves, because so many people rave about Wodehouse. It's pleasant enough frippery so far.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)



Jeeves is like HAL9000. Someone should write a book about Jeeves going mad and killing people, and then Wooster has to deactivate his brain.

Posted by: Steve and Cold Bear at April 15, 2018 09:44 AM (/qEW2)

101 67 The physiological changes of asteroid miners into a very different culture was an underlying meme of Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey.
Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 09:25 AM (y7DUB)
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I'm really enjoying the series and will have to read the books eventually.

There was an isolated all-female colony referenced in John Varley's Gaia trilogy that relied in imported sperm. The supliers punked them by only giving them sperm from really short men, and the colonists were shocked to find out how tall people from other places were.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:44 AM (qJtVm)

102 I had to read Heart of Darkness for a HS English Literature class. I hated it


I hated Huckleberry Finn in HS and fretted that they were assigning us a children's book. When I read it as an adult I realized that it is too good a book to be wasted on children, especially high school children.

I think I started Heart of Darkness in high school but never plowed through it. I'm a different reader today, thank goodness.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:45 AM (fuK7c)

103 Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:39 AM (hyuyC)

Thanks I really like world history timeline type books.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:46 AM (2DOZq)

104 All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

Short women, less mass, less resources required like water and oxygen. One reason all astronauts are not tall.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 09:46 AM (hyuyC)

105 i really should read chesterton.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 09:47 AM (Pg+x7)

106 I'm about half way through "Gunpowder" by Jack Kelly. It's a history of the development of gunpowder, what is now called black powder, and how it has effected societies on many levels over the centuries. Aside from being an enjoyable and educational read, Kelly manages to make the chemistry behind gunpowder understandable to a long ago (VERY long ago) voice and literature major.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 09:47 AM (V+03K)

107 I had to read Heart of Darkness for a HS English Literature class. I hated it. And I was an avid reader then usually going through 3 or 4 books a week.
Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 09:42 AM (mpXpK)


You may have been too young to appreciate what the book was about. A lot of books were wasted on me in high school.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 09:49 AM (y7DUB)

108 second observation:

why is there a bearded woman in that library? she is, admittedly, a handsome woman, but why is she in a library?

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 09:49 AM (Pg+x7)

109
Nobody reading the blockbuster new book by the former FBI director? I've heard nothing but good things.

* slides back into drapery *

Posted by: James Comey, teetering closer to the edge of the abyss at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (LOgQ4)

110 97 I actually would be into the USA going the way of Yugoslavia. As long as I got to live in one of the post breakup red parts.
Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at April 15, 2018 09:43 AM (UKVPl)

You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (2DOZq)

111 102 I hated Huckleberry Finn in HS and fretted that they
were assigning us a children's book. When I read it as an adult I
realized that it is too good a book to be wasted on children, especially
high school children.



I think I started Heart of Darkness in high school but never plowed through it. I'm a different reader today, thank goodness.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:45 AM (fuK7c)

we had Huckleberry Finn in Jr High but I had already read it by then. BTW it is available at Gutenberg for free. I am downloading it now. I think when I finish this last book in the Jihad series I will go to that.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 09:51 AM (mpXpK)

112 Good morning all.

Am lately reading lots of biographies, mostly British royals - George IV, Edwards II, VII and VIII, and a couple of catchalls: Queen Victoria's Grandsons, and Queen Victoria's Granddaughters. She seems to have been a better grandmother than she was a mother. All that Albert-worship was rough on her kids, not surprisingly.

I started writing a novel in 1996 and have just finished it. Not going at it the whole time, obviously, there were breaks for child-rearing, illness, travel, and many severe bouts of "This is a piece of crap, why do I bother?" My daughter (who was 6 when I started it) is doing the final proofread/edit. We'll probably just put it out on Kindle when it's ready to go.

Daughter calls it a road-trip-cum-romance; it's boy-meets-girl in 10th century Kiev.

Posted by: Annalucia at April 15, 2018 09:52 AM (S6ArX)

113 100 I've started My Man Jeeves, because so many people rave about Wodehouse. It's pleasant enough frippery so far.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)

I just realized that's why Archer's man servant is named Wodehouse.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:53 AM (2DOZq)

114 Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)



To find out if Wodehouse appeals to your taste just read his short story Uncle Fred Flits By.

You can also read any of the Oldest Member stories or, my favorites, the Blandings Castle stories, and you will learn pretty quickly why Wodehouse is so loved.

Posted by: Huck Follywood, Vigilence Committee supporter at April 15, 2018 09:53 AM (rBnYq)

115 I started writing a novel in 1996 and have just finished it.


Oh, congratulations! That also means there's hope for me, because I started mine in 2006.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:53 AM (fuK7c)

116 ... i know, how about a daily chesterton quote in the sidebar!

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 09:55 AM (Pg+x7)

117 To find out if Wodehouse appeals to your taste just read his short story Uncle Fred Flits By.

You can also read any of the Oldest Member stories or, my favorites, the Blandings Castle stories, and you will learn pretty quickly why Wodehouse is so loved.



Do you know which volume(s) they're collected in? I just consulted my Kindle and there is a staggering array of Wodehouse on offer.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:57 AM (fuK7c)

118 I'm flipping through Our World in Space and Asimov writes "Pluto has no satellite as far as we know." This was written in 1974. Charon wasn't discovered until 1978.

He would have been blown away by the beauty and clarity of images from the New Horizons probe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:58 AM (qJtVm)

119 The Door into Nowhere (Unwithering Realm Book 1) Kindle Edition

This is free if you have kindle unlimited.

It's part of a longer series. It's urban fantasy, medieval fantasy, crime mystery and in later series adds some steam punk. It's a great book for teens especially boys, but also their parents. If you have girls, the start with Danger's Daughter, which is a related story in the same universe but focused on the young ninja girl who lost her mother, her mentor, her true love and her memory all at once. Also she has a pretty nifty magic ring. But those things can be tricky.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 09:59 AM (ZuGkg)

120 * I'm flipping through Our World in Space and Asimov writes "Pluto has no satellite as far as we know." This was written in 1974. Charon wasn't discovered until 1978.*

Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra much later.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at April 15, 2018 10:00 AM (UKVPl)

121 Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 09:41 AM (rp9xB)


A screenshot from Skyrim.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 10:01 AM (0QYMt)

122 All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes

Asimov's Extraterrestrial Civilizations is from the same era, and it holds up well today. A masterpiece of using scientific reasoning to areas without data. He would have loved all the exo-planet knowledge of today.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 10:02 AM (hyuyC)

123 He would have been blown away by the beauty and clarity of images from the New Horizons probe.


Oh, I have so totally changed my mind about the is Pluto a planet thing. I listened to my betters. It's a block of ice, it's misshapen, it has a non-conventional orbit. Strike it from the Planet List!

And then we flew by and took selfies with Pluto. Is is so a planet. You just look at it and say Planet!.

They lied to me.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:02 AM (fuK7c)

124 Oregon, can we submit made up words?

Alcoholic Asshole Shut-in made one up for me the other day that I quite like:
"Implificating"

when you are implying that someone is implicated in something

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 10:03 AM (hMwEB)

125 I learned a new word yesterday: kakistocracy. I don't think it was used correctly, however.

Posted by: fight for 2018 at April 15, 2018 10:03 AM (YLzLe)

126 You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (2DOZq)

Why do we need the path to the pacific? The gulf beaches are way better! Plus we have gulf oil, gulf shrimp and gulf grouper!

Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 10:04 AM (DAdSz)

127 Cool! So now we know where the Outrage Outlet HQ looks like!

Working on "The Path Between the Seas" by David McCullough along with various Nero Stout books.

I knew the history of the actual building of the Panama Canal but I didn't know the history leading up to the building of the Panama Canal.

It's been interesting to find out the idea of the canal predates the actual building by several decades. I have to read a bit further but, I'm really wondering why Panama was chosen over Nicaragua.

No spoilers, darn it! Still reading the book!

Posted by: Charles Dickens at April 15, 2018 10:05 AM (WEBkv)

128 Is Sean Connery being photographed in front of his personal library? It is certainly a library meant to be used: I noticed that many of the book spines have location labels on them -- if it was a collection of books acquired simply to give the impression of erudition, the decorator would have picked "prettier" books. I also don't think that is not the normal location of the club chair -- no source of a good reading light and that chair cushion is showing ample proof that is has had someone sitting in it a lot.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 15, 2018 10:05 AM (5Yee7)

129 I learned a new word yesterday: kakistocracy. I don't think it was used correctly, however.


Rule by men in chinos?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:05 AM (fuK7c)

130 You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (2DOZq)

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Invade Panama?

Posted by: Charles Dickens at April 15, 2018 10:06 AM (WEBkv)

131 /off Dickens Sock

Posted by: Blake at April 15, 2018 10:07 AM (WEBkv)

132 "Is Sean Connery being photographed in front of his personal library?"

I was wondering that myself. He doesn't strike me as a great reader, somehow.

OTOH he looks fantastic in a kilt.

Posted by: Annalucia at April 15, 2018 10:08 AM (S6ArX)

133 Oh, I agree about Pluto's planetude. I understand why Brown et al feel it's more accurately a Trans-Neptunian Object, BUT...

... if it's re-re-classified back to being a planet, then surely Eris is a planet too!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 10:09 AM (qJtVm)

134 110 Sebastian Melmoth

Might as well add Kansas and Nebraska. Because of wheat and Angus cows. And we can reopen the SAC bases.

Gratuitous crop harvest report. This year KS winter wheat is is very bad shape. Only 1% of the plantings are excellent.

44 percent of Kansas wheat is in poor or very poor shape. Another 43 percent rated as fair. Just 12 percent of the crop is considered in good condition.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 10:10 AM (hyuyC)

135 So, I finished Heart of Darkness. Quite like it, but what really struck me was how good an adaptation Apocalypse Now was.


Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:36 AM (fuK7c)

It's a good book, and it amazes me that Conrad was not a native speaker. I think English was his third language....

Try his short stories...they are wonderful!

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 10:10 AM (wYseH)

136 Any writing people use one of those motorized standing desks for sitting or standing while working?

How do you like it?

In what way do you find it useful?

Better than standing up and going for a short wander about or the same?

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:11 AM (E3rQ4)

137 Posted by: Mikey NTH - Free Sonobi With Purchase of Grumbling Gadgets at the Outrage Outlet! at April 15, 2018 10:01 AM (0QYMt)

Thanks, nice to know I guessed right. I thought Skyrim when I saw it but had blanked on the name when I typed the question.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 10:12 AM (rp9xB)

138 Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 10:10 AM (hyuyC)

That said not good news at all. What's the percentage normally contracted for export?

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 10:12 AM (2DOZq)

139 You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (2DOZq)

Why do we need the path to the pacific? The gulf beaches are way better! Plus we have gulf oil, gulf shrimp and gulf grouper!
Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 10:04 AM (DAdSz)



Don't forget all of the varieties of snapper. Each delicious!

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:13 AM (E3rQ4)

140 That said = That is

Autocorrect AI sucks.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 10:13 AM (2DOZq)

141 I just started reading "Stealing The General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor" by Russell Bonds. It's about an early Union raid in the Civil War to steal a locomotive & rip up the telegraph lines & burn the bridges behind her as the crew tried to link up with Union forces in Tennessee. So far, it's very good.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 10:13 AM (ANIFC)

142 It's a good book, and it amazes me that Conrad was not a native speaker. I think English was his third language....


I know he was Polish, I haven't looked up what his second language was.

I just learned that William F. Buckley's third language was English. His first two were Spanish and French and he didn't start learning English until he was seven.

That kind of amazes me.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:14 AM (fuK7c)

143 Did I miss the usual parade of collateral damage victims from the Syria strike?

Posted by: Jean at April 15, 2018 10:15 AM (MS0+a)

144 I have always loved Asimov's non-fiction writing, even more than his science fiction. He can impart a lot of factual information clearly and concisely while also being geekily entranced by the topic.

And what a wide range of interests! As much a student of history as a science writer.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 10:15 AM (qJtVm)

145 learned a new word yesterday: kakistocracy. I don't think it was used correctly, however.
Posted by: fight for 2018 at April 15, 2018 10:03 AM (YLzLe)


By Mullah Brennan? Not a chance unless it was in his whorey Pornan.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 10:16 AM (y7DUB)

146 Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:57 AM (fuK7c)

If you get the Karpathos Collection of Wodehouse do *not* start at the beginning and go through story by story. His older works are extremely repetitive. For that matter, even his later stories have strong elements of the early ones. I am in danger of being put off Wodehouse simply by the vast body of work.

Damsel in Distress was the first non-Jeeves book of his I read and I enjoyed that one quite a bit.

Posted by: Polliwog the 'Ette at April 15, 2018 10:17 AM (rp9xB)

147 It's a good book, and it amazes me that Conrad was not a native speaker. I think English was his third language....


I know he was Polish, I haven't looked up what his second language was.


Pretty sure it was French.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 10:17 AM (y7DUB)

148 Any recommendations on an e-tablet or whatever you call it for books? Gutenberg has tons of free downloads. I know very little about electronic devises.

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:18 AM (a3OL0)

149 Lauren's bookcase is just furniture, her books are a fashion statement.

Lauren doesn't read.

Lauren haz Netflix!

Posted by: Hambone at April 15, 2018 10:18 AM (iG32g)

150 >>82 One of the people on the staff had attended Cranbrook Academy


Had a typography instructor who was a graduate of Cranbrook.

She was a snob.

And an ass..

Posted by: Love Gun at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (gjB0k)

151 Sebastian Melmoth

Soybeans and sorghum are exported more than wheat. Most of the Kansas wheat harvest, 20-30% of the national total harvest, ends up in bread.

The corn grown is only because of subsidies. The water used in growing corn hurts all other crops. But don't say that around a corn farmer.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (hyuyC)

152 I picked up some books about new interests but haven't really started them yet. The first is "The Markinspike Sailor" by Hervey Garrett Smith. I not going to become a sailor but am fascinated by the way rope is made, knots and decorative knotwork.

The others are about wine, of which I know little. First is a copy of "The Wine Bible". The other is "The Booklovers' Guide To Wine: A Celebration of the History, the Mysteries and the Literary Pleasures of Drinking Wine " by Patrick Alexander. It deals with wine in a generic sense but includes sections on wines the author associates with certain writers. Some examples are:

Charles Dickens with Cabernet Sauvignon
Jane Austin with Chardonnay
Shakespeare with Sherry
and, J.R.R. Tolkien with Albariño

It looks to be a fun read.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (V+03K)

153 It's a good book, and it amazes me that Conrad was not a native speaker. I think English was his third language....


Jerzy Kosinski, mentioned last week, was also a non-native speaker.

Polish was his first language. Yet, his English prose is beautiful, spare, and precise.


Vladimir Nabokov as well. He wrote 9 novels in Russian before going to America and switching to English.

Very limpid and playful prose, almost like a melody. Another great writer of English yet foreign born.


Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (E3rQ4)

154 Ah, good call naturalfake, the snappers are teh delicious!!
Heh- we can start a brunch food thread in the book thread. Kinda like pre-gaming, no?

Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 10:20 AM (DAdSz)

155 49 Just finishing reading Art of War for first time. I'm thinking Stalin must have read at least the part that says throw your soldiers into positions where there is no escape and they will prefer death to flight. Soldiers in desperate straits lose the sense of fear.

Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:16 AM (2DOZq)


The Art of War is supposedly one of PDT's favorite books.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:22 AM (xlCXC)

156 " It was all in the bag until it wasn't. Lying to
others is bad, but lying to yourself is deadly."

Projecting changes in turnout from 2012 was the key to predicting 2016. My personal "model" had an increase in white non-college (the largest cohort) of 5%, and a decline in black turnout, based on Trump's appeal to the former compared to Romney in 2012, and Obama not being on the ticket.

Because white non-college was higher in potential swing states, woila!, I had Trump winning with 300+ EVs. Add to this, the observation that Hillary's Mooks were running a campaign that only appealed to Deep Blue states.

Meanwhile official pollsters using "scientific" methods would not allow for this change in their turnout assumptions. NBC actually commissioned a deep poll on expected turnout, but threw it out because it came out "too old and too white."

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 15, 2018 10:22 AM (pV/54)

157 Currently reading "Sanity," a techno-thriller by an author with the nom de plume, Neovictorian.

Posted by: Hans G. Schantz at April 15, 2018 10:23 AM (NhF/Q)

158 Oh, I have so totally changed my mind about the is Pluto a planet thing. I listened to my betters. It's a block of ice, it's misshapen, it has a non-conventional orbit. Strike it from the Planet List!

And then we flew by and took selfies with Pluto. Is is so a planet. You just look at it and say Planet!.
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Pluto was probably reduced in status for political reasons. You know, our agreement not to militarize other planets in the system in exchange for not being full on invaded by reptilians out of a john ringo novel.

Now that it's just a rock we can load it up with bases, death rays and space marines.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:23 AM (ZuGkg)

159 Another suggestion for Wodehouse. Try his golf stories, usually published in a collection. They are short but for my taste they embody the elements that make Wodehouse so enjoyable.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:25 AM (V+03K)

160 Charles Dickens with Cabernet Sauvignon
Jane Austin with Chardonnay
Shakespeare with Sherry
and, J.R.R. Tolkien with

It looks to be a fun read.
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (V+03K)



I like that idea...lemme try it with cocktails.


Charles Dickens - Plantation Pineapple rum daiquiri

(sidenote: the rum uses a recipe from Dickens time and is named after a Dickens character Reverend Stiggins from the Pickwick Papers)


Oops! Gotta work now. Maybe more later.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:26 AM (E3rQ4)

161 'Little Womyn' is neccessary to make these little people with their little fixations think their issues are eternal, monumental, and meaningful instead of pseudo-intellectual tripe designed to make them political thralls.

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 15, 2018 10:26 AM (oVJmc)

162 Infidel, my DIL luurves her kindle fire. They are reasonably priced and you can hit the interwebs so win-win. Plus the damn things aren*t constantly given updates that kill the devices memory trying to force you into newer devices. I think DIL kindle was 6-7 yrs old and it got replaced.

Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 10:26 AM (DAdSz)

163 Hans G. Schantz

Neovictorian sounds like a nom de plume for Neal Stephenson. Passé The Diamond Age.

Posted by: NaCly Dog at April 15, 2018 10:27 AM (hyuyC)

164 "The smaller is from a furnished apartment in a building my grandparents owned near where the old Olympia Stadium in Detroit was."


I have fond memories of Olympia Stadium. Saw a bunch of hockey games and concerts there. When I was quite young my parents would take the family to see the Ice Follies or the Ice Capades there. I thought it was beneath me at the time but looking back I wish I could do it all over again.

Posted by: Bill R. at April 15, 2018 10:28 AM (IuYIh)

165 I thought Pluto was an abandoned alien warship?
"The Scent of Metal" by Sabrina Chase.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse -barely woke at April 15, 2018 10:28 AM (roQNm)

166 148 Any recommendations on an e-tablet or whatever you call it for books? Gutenberg has tons of free downloads. I know very little about electronic devises.
Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:18 AM (a3OL0)

Infidel, there are apps which will let you read e-books on a phone or tablet.

A dedicated e-reader is only for reading books, usually for only one format. The advantage is that you can't be distracted by web surfing or game playing or watching video, and usually they have better displays for reading so you don't get eyestrain. The kindle paperwhite for example, is famous for being readable even in bright sunlight. They also have great battery life compared to phones or tablets.

You library may have some e-readers to loan so you can try it out. Or go to a Staples or Best-buy to check them out side by side.

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 10:28 AM (hMwEB)

167 You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM (2DOZq)

Why do we need the path to the pacific? The gulf beaches are way better! Plus we have gulf oil, gulf shrimp and gulf grouper!
Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 10:04 AM (DAdSz)


Pacific ocean... grimy beaches, seals and surfers, and the only thing it's good for is bringing cheap Chinese crep over here.

Yeah, no. Count me out.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:28 AM (Pz4pT)

168 thought Pluto was an abandoned alien warship?
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It's not abandoned.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (ZuGkg)

169 Kindle Infidel. Although I use a four year old $60 android tablet myself Mrs f'd loves hers.

Posted by: f'd at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (UdKB7)

170 Posted by: Annalucia at April 15, 2018 09:52 AM (S6ArX)

Congrats on your novel!!!

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (hMwEB)

171 Put down your book and reach up under my kilt and say hello to the prom king.

Posted by: Slappy McKilt at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (bJ0w+)

172 Thanks to the commenter who recommended Another River Another Town: A Teenage Tank Gunner Comes of Age in Combat - 1945.
Well worth the read for those interested in that phase of WWII from the perspective of a combat GI. Talk about rude introductions: a shootout with a Tiger I his first day on the job!

Posted by: That Deplorable SOB Van Owen at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (lApJ5)

173 And then we flew by and took selfies with Pluto. Is is so a planet. You just look at it and say Planet!.
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:02 AM (fuK7c)


Call your representative's office and demand legislation that requires astronomers to view imagery of the planet before they're allowed to de-certify it.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 10:30 AM (y87Qq)

174 I use a Kindle Fire 8" HD

i admit surfing and videos distract from reading

Be on the lookout for Amazon to put kindles on sale, usually major holidays.Also on Prime Day in mid-July

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 10:32 AM (hMwEB)

175 Infidel--I like my Kindle Paperwhite. It replaced an older Kindle that got dumped in the bathtub...inadvertently. Not connected to the interwebs (except to download material), but that's a plus to me. Very readable in dark conditions and in bright sunlight. Much more lightweight than my tablet. Long battery life, particularly if you turn off the wifi when you don't need it.

Posted by: Art Rondolet of Malmsey at April 15, 2018 10:33 AM (S+f+m)

176 started writing a novel in 1996 and have just finished it. Not going at it the whole time, obviously, there were breaks for child-rearing, illness, travel, and many severe bouts of "This is a piece of crap, why do I bother?" My daughter (who was 6 when I started it) is doing the final proofread/edit. We'll probably just put it out on Kindle when it's ready to go.

Daughter calls it a road-trip-cum-romance; it's boy-meets-girl in 10th century Kiev.
Posted by: Annalucia at April 15, 2018 09:52 AM (S6ArX)


I fully expect you to notify me when you publish, so I can announce it to the horde.

Hope it's soon.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:34 AM (xlCXC)

177 Right now I'm reading The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions. He begins by saying every fact is a scientific fact, "physics fixes all the facts," science can explain virtually everything. Then the rest of the book is about all of the things that science can't explain: objective morality, consciousness, beliefs (not particular beliefs, but the sheer occurrence of beliefs), sentences (he actually says something like (paraphrasing) "no sentence has meaning including this very sentence"), free will, that there is a unified self that exists from one moment to the next, etc.

His reasoning seems to be: science can explain everything, except for the things it can't, and the things that science can't explain aren't real, and the reason they aren't real is because science can't explain them and science can explain everything!

I have to think that at some point, at least some people are going to start reading it as a reason to reject atheism: if atheism can't even explain these elementary aspects of our common experience, atheism must be false, and therefore theism must be true.

Posted by: Jim S. at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (ynUnH)

178 Oh, I have so totally changed my mind about the is Pluto a planet thing. I listened to my betters. It's a block of ice, it's misshapen, it has a non-conventional orbit.

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Is Pluto a code word for Michael Moore?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (+y/Ru)

179 'Little Womyn' is neccessary to make these little people with their little fixations think their issues are eternal, monumental, and meaningful instead of pseudo-intellectual tripe designed to make them political thralls.
Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 15, 2018 10:26 AM (oVJmc)


Really, it's just remarkably transparent psychology. To go back and change the past, in literature, with monuments, even the meaning of events themselves... it's a symbolic, and eternally futile effort to change one's own past.

Huge wide swaths of what constitutes mental illness can be essentially divided into two (sometimes overlapping) problems: Living in the past or living in the future. And of course what gets sacrificed in all this is living in the present. So that's it. High degrees of motivation to avoid the present by focusing on one's past/future.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (Pz4pT)

180 I have two e-readers. The first, and most used, is a Kindle Paperwhite. It is only for reading, not a general tablet, and is only black and white. However, it is very comfortable on the eyes. The battery also lasts a lot longer than most tablets. The other is a Kindle Fire HD with the 8 inch screen. It gets the best reviews of the various Kindle Fires, has a decent processor and decent battery life. Being a general tablet it is in color and can handle audio and video. I have enough e-books with color illustrations and art books to make it worth while. I think they are often on sale but even the usual price isn't bad for what you get.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (V+03K)

181 Styx, Nix, Kerberos, and Hydra much later.

Posted by: Victor Tango Kilo at April 15, 2018 10:00 AM (UKVPl)


What about Kix, Trix and Pix?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:36 AM (xlCXC)

182 Infidel, my DIL luurves her kindle fire
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I'm a big fan. Had one for years. It's a reader and web surfer. Different sizes. I have one that will fit into a coat pocket on my sport coat. Books. Prayer apps. Ace of spades hq. All you need. I don't use home computer hardly at all any more.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:36 AM (ZuGkg)

183 science can explain everything, except for the things it can't, and the things that science can't explain aren't real, and the reason they aren't real is because science can't explain them and science can explain everything!

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There are Heinz 57 sexes. That's science.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 10:36 AM (+y/Ru)

184 Vladimir Nabokov as well. He wrote 9 novels in Russian before going to America and switching to English.

Very limpid and playful prose, almost like a melody. Another great writer of English yet foreign born.


Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:19 AM (E3rQ4)


Nabokov's family moved to Berlin, where his father was murdered by some commie shitstain while shielding the real target of the hit, for a dozen years before moving to France and ultimately to the US.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 10:37 AM (y7DUB)

185 started writing a novel in 1996 and have just finished it.

Pff. Got one still in the works from 35 years ago. I'll get around to the last 5%......someday...

Posted by: Mr. Peebles at April 15, 2018 10:37 AM (oVJmc)

186 Now that it's just a rock we can load it up with bases, death rays and space marines.
Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:23 AM (ZuGkg)
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This makes so much sense.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 10:37 AM (qJtVm)

187 183 science can explain everything, except for the things it can't, and the things that science can't explain aren't real, and the reason they aren't real is because science can't explain them and science can explain everything!

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There are Heinz 57 sexes. That's science.
Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 10:36 AM (+y/Ru)

58 now with Mayochup.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 10:38 AM (ANIFC)

188 125 I learned a new word yesterday: kakistocracy. I don't think it was used correctly, however.
Posted by: fight for 2018 at April 15, 2018 10:03 AM (YLzLe)


Yeah, I'll bet you learned it from one of John Brennan's rhodomontades, didn't you?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:38 AM (xlCXC)

189 Put down your book and reach up under my kilt and say hello to the prom king.
Posted by: Slappy McKilt at April 15, 2018 10:29 AM (bJ0w+)


I kinda figure the Scots invented the kilt to remind people what was in there. To create easy access to it, and hint that they were planning on using it, imminently.

If so, I would say it worked quite well. It's all anybody talks about when they see a dude in a kilt.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:38 AM (Pz4pT)

190 Speaking of books, Jimmy Drama's A Higher Loyalty.

I'm tempted to buy it for shits and giggles, but there will be so many excerpts put out in the next several days.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 15, 2018 10:39 AM (pV/54)

191 Forgot to mention that the Kindle Paperwhite screen is good in sunlight. Most e-readers are not.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:39 AM (V+03K)

192 Thanks for the kind words, Jake Holenhead! And a comment worthy of a true Moron "not those kind of crabs", indeed...

No doubt I missed a crucial memo, but who perzactly are the oafs and oafettes?

Congratulations on the book signing, OSP! Keep up the good work!

Speaking of Jeeves as an insane robot, in the Korval series by Steve Miller and Sharon Lee there is a robot butler/security system named Jeeves who doesn't go insane as I recall, but does have a distinct jeevsian personality that is quite fun.

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 10:39 AM (L59/U)

193 i believe borges translated his own works into english. he is one of my favorite writers and it's a travesty he didn't receive the nobel prize.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:40 AM (Pg+x7)

194 Nobody reading the blockbuster new book by the former FBI director? I've heard nothing but good things.

* slides back into drapery *
Posted by: James Comey"

Here. Have an apple.

Oh, and morning, y'all...

Posted by: Anon a mouse at April 15, 2018 10:40 AM (7LY+6)

195 I have two e-readers. The first, and most used, is a Kindle Paperwhite. It is only for reading, not a general tablet, and is only black and white. However, it is very comfortable on the eyes. The battery also lasts a lot longer than most tablets. The other is a Kindle Fire HD with the 8 inch screen. It gets the best reviews of the various Kindle Fires, has a decent processor and decent battery life. Being a general tablet it is in color and can handle audio and video. I have enough e-books with color illustrations and art books to make it worth while. I think they are often on sale but even the usual price isn't bad for what you get.
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (V+03K)


I have the 7-inch Fire, which is nice, but my family got me a Samsung S2 for Christmas and the extra processing power is well worth it.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (xlCXC)

196 ... some say it's because he was adamantly anti-communist.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (Pg+x7)

197 His reasoning seems to be: science can explain everything, except for the things it can't, and the things that science can't explain aren't real, and the reason they aren't real is because science can't explain them and science can explain everything!
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Wow a full throated endorsement of scientism. It's almost as if he was unaware that logical fallacy hadn't been exploded in the middle ages.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (ZuGkg)

198 "So this is a book with such universal appeal that it has stood on its own for 150 years. So why ruin it with modern tropes?"

The answer to the 2nd sentence is the first sentence.

They really hate anything which has lasted. The fact that something persists makes it look too much as if it exists outside their own little minds. And thus independently of their will. To the prog mind, that is intolerable.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (+TcCF)

199
So this is a book with such universal appeal that it has stood on its own for 150 years. So why ruin it with modern tropes?

Why does a dog lick itself?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 10:42 AM (IqV8l)

200 Science can't answer Why. QED.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 15, 2018 10:43 AM (pV/54)

201 148
Any recommendations on an e-tablet or whatever you call it for books?
Gutenberg has tons of free downloads. I know very little about
electronic devises.

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:18 AM (a3OL0)

I have used both the plain Kindle an the Samsung galaxy Tabs 7 and A. The plain jane Kindle is very readable and cheap.The Kindle paper white is on sale now at Amazon for $80. The gal tab A is currently $229. if you get a tablet you will have to download a kindle app. They are free.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 10:43 AM (mpXpK)

202 So, I finally was working down my stack of books to read and started on the first Amy Lynn book. Was just going to read a few chapters and go to bed. Finished it at 2:00 am then had to get up and go to work. Curses!!!!

So, I did what all self respecting book readers would do- bought the second one and Amazon will send me the paperback this week (hopefully more money back to deserving author and Moron on buying paperback than Kindle??).

Posted by: Charlotte at April 15, 2018 10:43 AM (vDuQz)

203 I just started reading "Stealing The General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor" by Russell Bonds. It's about an early Union raid in the Civil War to steal a locomotive & rip up the telegraph lines & burn the bridges behind her as the crew tried to link up with Union forces in Tennessee. So far, it's very good.

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There have been at least two movies made of the incident. Buster Keaton's silent classic The General and a Disney movie made in the '60s. I liked the book but the facts are less heroic than the legend.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 10:44 AM (+y/Ru)

204 Yes, I love my Kindle Paperwhite.

However, I still hold a grudge. I bought it to read Hound of the Baskervilles because that furry bastard suggested a book club and then he never read that stupid, stupid book.

Grrrr.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:44 AM (fuK7c)

205 Why does a dog lick itself?

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Because the dog can't turn on the water in the shower?

Posted by: Skandia Recluse -barely woke at April 15, 2018 10:44 AM (roQNm)

206 Yesterday I picked up and reread much of Bill James's book on managers. Included (as an aside), is an article on Marge Schott (remember her?) entitled "Tolerance, tolerance". James attacks the tide of those who seem to be professionally offended.

Sound like something written today? It was published in 1997.

Plus ca change plus ca meme merde*.

*I probably got that wrong. I sucked at French.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (+TcCF)

207 .. of course, borges was also anti-fascist and anti-peronist, but in the 70's you had to be at least ambivalent about communism to be accepted in certain circles.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (Pg+x7)

208 I have to think that at some point, at least some people are going to start reading it as a reason to reject atheism: if atheism can't even explain these elementary aspects of our common experience, atheism must be false, and therefore theism must be true.
Posted by: Jim S. at April 15, 2018 10:35 AM (ynUnH)


Science is, in and of itself, a worshiped thing. A substitute religion. It was invented by man to help him understand the universe. That's its fundamental purpose!

But it became a jealous god, a false god. It began to believe in itself, as the first thing that the universe created, which of course it wasn't. Not even close.

Or to put it more clearly: There is science, which is a tool, and it's a very good tool. Then there's Science, which is a religion. It's a very very silly religion, and its adherents are so absurdly silly as to render themselves outside the realm of human usefulness, except as a means of destruction. Which they are doing a lot of these days.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (Pz4pT)

209 193 i believe borges translated his own works into english. he is one of my favorite writers and it's a travesty he didn't receive the nobel prize.
Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:40 AM (Pg+x7)

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I picked some of his short stories for a book club at a silicon vally company I was at 30 years ago, and only one other person liked them. Still friends with that guy. He retired a millionaire about 15 years ago after selling a company he founded.

Posted by: San Franpsycho at April 15, 2018 10:46 AM (EZebt)

210 Currently reading 2 books. Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life and Orwells 1984. I admit I haven't touched either one in close to a week because baseball.

Posted by: Jewells45 at April 15, 2018 10:46 AM (dUJdY)

211 Plus ca change plus ca meme merde*.

*I probably got that wrong. I sucked at French.



Plus ca change plus c'est la meme merde.


On the other hand, I thought I was the only one who said that.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:47 AM (fuK7c)

212 156 " It was all in the bag until it wasn't. Lying to
others is bad, but lying to yourself is deadly."


"Why am I not 50 points ahead? Wisconsin? Why do we need to go there? Most of those dumb hicks are voting for us, anyway. What we really need to do is to run up our vote totals in California, Illinois, and New York."

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:48 AM (xlCXC)

213 Thanks for the Kindle info. I like the idea of the paperwhite, but it seems if I go with the Fire I would be able to use it at Dad's. No wifi there, my phone will get wifi, the laptop won't. Will have to do some research.

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:48 AM (a3OL0)

214 So, Lauren has a Kindle!?

Posted by: Hambone at April 15, 2018 10:50 AM (iG32g)

215 [Jorge Luis Borges]

it's a travesty he didn't receive the nobel prize.


Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:40 AM (Pg+x7)

What do you recommend for starters?

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 10:50 AM (wYseH)

216 Yesterday I picked up and reread much of Bill James's book on managers. Included (as an aside), is an article on Marge Schott (remember her?) entitled "Tolerance, tolerance". James attacks the tide of those who seem to be professionally offended.

Sound like something written today? It was published in 1997.

Plus ca change plus ca meme merde*.

*I probably got that wrong. I sucked at French.
Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (+TcCF)


Bill James is one of the greatest writers of the past 50 years. His WAR (Writing Above Replacement) ranks him up there with the likes of James Lileks, Jay Winik, and our buddy, Ace.

But seriously, pick up his book "The Man From the Train," or the earlier one, "Popular Crime." These are his two non-baseball books, and they are such enjoyable reads, I think he deserves a Nobel Prize. If the Nobel Prize wasn't reserved for douchebags nobody reads, I mean.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:50 AM (Pz4pT)

217 The more I think about that dumb shelf the more it bothers me. She doesn't have anything useful on there. Its a space in the house that's entirely dedicated to decoration. Its obvious those books aren't there to be read; she's stacked useless crap in front of them as well as turned them around. Its just there for appearance, to fill up a space in the room. But it has zero practical value, the shelf is simply a big sculpture. The only object of use in the entire waste of space is a lamp, on top of it.

Oh, and 98% chance the remake of Little Women will have at least one black and one hispanic girl. And they probably won't even try to explain it, like black Heimdall: he just is. Deal with it.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 10:51 AM (39g3+)

218 I kinda figure the Scots invented the kilt to remind people what was in there. To create easy access to it, and hint that they were planning on using it, imminently.

If so, I would say it worked quite well. It's all anybody talks about when they see a dude in a kilt.
Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:38 AM (Pz4pT)


In one of my books of uniforms of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars, there is a copy of a delightful pen-and-ink sketch done while Paris was being occupied after Napoleon lost the Battle of Waterloo: there are two pretty French women sitting on a park bench knitting near where a Scottish soldier is standing and one of the women has "accidentally" dropped her ball of yarn so she could peek up his kilt!

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 15, 2018 10:51 AM (5Yee7)

219 At a minimum the OIG report will show that the Lynch/Comey-led investigation of Hillary violated standard operating procedure in dozens of respects, many profound. Enough dots on the page that we'll see the cat.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 15, 2018 10:51 AM (pV/54)

220 213
Thanks for the Kindle info. I like the idea of the paperwhite, but it
seems if I go with the Fire I would be able to use it at Dad's. No wifi
there, my phone will get wifi, the laptop won't. Will have to do some
research.

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:48 AM (a3OL0)

If you know you are going to be in an area with no wifi you should should download any books you want to read before you go there. I have that problem when I go down to GA and stay in my bother's camp house at a lake. No wifi and no phone service other than hardwired.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 10:52 AM (mpXpK)

221 196 ... some say it's because he was adamantly anti-communist.
Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (Pg+x7)

Come on. They don't just give people Nobel Prizes because they sympathize with communists.

Posted by: Barry Sotero at April 15, 2018 10:53 AM (ANIFC)

222 105 i really should read chesterton.
Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 09:47 AM (Pg+x7)

As should everyone. I once asked my wife which writer I quoted most, she said it was GKC by a mile.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:53 AM (+TcCF)

223 I thought Pluto was an abandoned alien warship?

*sniffs, wipes away tear* I love you guys... My educational outreach is working!
(When I was doing research for that book and looking up Pluto...it just got weirder and weirder the more I found out. If I suddenly disappear for a while it's probably because NASA kidnapped me to find out how I knew the truth.)

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 10:53 AM (L59/U)

224 Regardless of your opinion on Syria, I do have to applaud Trump in his ability to tie knots in the media's narratives. On the other hand, he did just change the channel on the McCabe/Comey meme, so I'm not really sure he did himself much good, but I do enjoy watching the Left excoriate him for doing things they wanted done - fire Comey, spank Assad, and Tweak Putin's nose.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (vV/gB)

225 So this is a book with such universal appeal that it has stood on its own for 150 years. So why ruin it with modern tropes?

I would not at all be surprised if Louisa May Alcott were around today, she'd write what they are going to try to do with the show. She was a progressive, in her time.

But that doesn't make it a smart move, because the book has been so popular and appealing because of how it was written at the time. If she wrote the book today it would not be nearly as appealing or timeless, because of the stuff that would be injected.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (39g3+)

226 PLuto, the red-headed step-child of the planets.

Posted by: Ignoramus at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (pV/54)

227 OK, there's a ton of Chesterton free on Kindle.

Where should I start?

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (fuK7c)

228 Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 10:53 AM

It was a fun read. I enjoyed it. Thank you for the hard work.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse -barely woke at April 15, 2018 10:56 AM (roQNm)

229 141 I just started reading "Stealing The General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor" by Russell Bonds. It's about an early Union raid in the Civil War to steal a locomotive & rip up the telegraph lines & burn the bridges behind her as the crew tried to link up with Union forces in Tennessee. So far, it's very good.
Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 10:13 AM (ANIFC)

And inspired two movies I know of, one by Buster Keaton, the other with John Wayne.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:56 AM (+TcCF)

230 I like the idea of the paperwhite, but it seems if I go with the Fire I would be able to use it at Dad's. No wifi there, my phone will get wifi, the laptop won't.
Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 10:48 AM (a3OL0)


BTW, you don't need a connection to read a book on either device once you've downloaded the book. You might know that already - some people assume it has to remain connected to read.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 10:56 AM (y87Qq)

231 i believe borges translated his own works into english. he is one of my favorite writers and it's a travesty he didn't receive the nobel prize.

Posted by: musical jolly chimp at April 15, 2018 10:40 AM (Pg+x7)



It still rankles me that Robertson Davies didn't get the Nobel Prize before shuffling off this mortal coil.

His competition most years was laughable.

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 10:57 AM (E3rQ4)

232 It looks like a repudiation of books.

Is what it looks like.

Posted by: eleven at April 15, 2018 10:57 AM (+lOpA)

233 Pluto? PLUTO?!
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Where's the love for Uranus?

Posted by: Weasel at April 15, 2018 10:57 AM (MVjcR)

234 I got an e-book copy of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", all 1,000-plus pages. Anyone have any comments about it? I know it is considered a 'classic' but is it any good?

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (V+03K)

235 It's a good book, and it amazes me that Conrad was not a native speaker. I think English was his third language....

Try his short stories...they are wonderful!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 10:10 AM (wYseH)

According to Orwell, he wrote his stories in French, then translated into English. I don't know that I believe that, though Orwell was an unusually honest man.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (+TcCF)

236 Where's the love for Uranus?
Posted by: Weasel at April 15, 2018 10:57 AM (MVjcR)


We're trying to reel that in just a tad.

Posted by: eleven at April 15, 2018 10:59 AM (+lOpA)

237 217: It has a very NYC vibe, the bland colors, the ugly lamp, the initials, the idiotic heart paperweight.

I frequently visit an antique wholesaler who has many NYC decorator clients and they favor a beige industrial palette with black wood or grey metal. It is always sad to see beautiful older mahogany or walnut furniture blackwashed and reupholstered in burlap beige tones.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 10:59 AM (5gaNQ)

238 Samuel Beckett was an Irishman who wrote in French.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 11:00 AM (fuK7c)

239 Regardless of your opinion on Syria, I do have to applaud Trump in his ability to tie knots in the media's narratives.... I do enjoy watching the Left excoriate him for doing things they wanted done - ... Tweak Putin's nose.
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (vV/gB)


Those $h!tstains couldn't care less about tweaking Putin's nose. Those are the same treasonous scum that giggled when Pharaoh Barky X scolded Romney for characterizing Russia as our major geo-political enemy and sympathized with the Commies during the 1980s. They have latched onto "Russia! Russia! russiaaaaaaa!!!!!" merely in an attempt to damage President Trump's administration.

Posted by: Retired Buckeye Cop is now an engineer at April 15, 2018 11:01 AM (5Yee7)

240
I thought Pluto was an abandoned alien warship?

http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Gomtuu

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 11:01 AM (IqV8l)

241 217
The only object of use in the entire waste of space is a lamp, on top of it.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 10:51 AM (39g3+)


And the lamp looks like it was made from a repurposed camera tripod.

Posted by: rickl at April 15, 2018 11:03 AM (sdi6R)

242 OT: Right wing hate corporation Starbucks is being boycotted by the enlightened left because two black men were arrested inside for loitering. As one would expected, Starbucks is slobbering all over itself apologizing.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 11:04 AM (+y/Ru)

243 Tin Man! Great Next Gen episode.

LOL: "The sounds from Tin Man's interior were a combination of whale sounds and a recording of sound designer Jim Wolvington digesting pizza, recorded through a stethoscope."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:04 AM (qJtVm)

244 I got an e-book copy of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", all 1,000-plus pages. Anyone have any comments about it? I know it is considered a 'classic' but is it any good?
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (V+03K)


I have not read it. My sense is it's a work that is much praised, mostly for what it took to create it, but that doesn't mean it's a worthwhile read.

Sorta like, in a weird way Screamin' Stephen Hawkings book.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 11:05 AM (Pz4pT)

245
BTW, you don't need a connection to read a book on either device once you've downloaded the book. You might know that already - some people assume it has to remain connected to read.

Posted by: hogmartin


I would like to also read Ace at dad's. Phone is too small. Found a referbished 10' Kindle Fire with no alexa. Seems all the new ones have alexa. Too many options

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 11:05 AM (a3OL0)

246 Skandia Recluse, you are very welcome. You do know book 2 is out (One Blood) and I'm currently working on book 3? More fun with Space Neanderthals!

Posted by: Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (L59/U)

247 So, I finished Heart of Darkness. Quite like it, but what really struck me was how good an adaptation Apocalypse Now was.

A highly recommended documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now is called Hearts of Darkness.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (y7DUB)

248
Try his short stories...they are wonderful!
Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 10:10 AM (wYseH)
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Absolutely! His collection, Typhoon and Other Stories, is one of my faves.

Posted by: Weasel at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (MVjcR)

249 I'd like to thank the Moron who recommended Mike Duncan's "History of Rome" podcast. I saw it at a time I was in a Roman history frame of mind having just finished the latest in Ruth Downie's "Medicus'' series(Roman army physician serving in Britain), Adrian Goldsworthy's "Vindolanda"(Roman legions serving in Britain) and Steven Saylor's latest entry in his Gordianus mystery series. I figured I could use a little refresher so I downloaded the whole series and jumped in. I'm hooked. Currently listening to Mr. Duncan's excellent overview of the Diocletian's reign. His chapters on the "whole hand basket full of hell" that was the middle to the end of the 3rd century was most enlightening. I remember my brain stalling out when I studied this period in college but Mr. Duncan did a great job of straightening out that convoluted period and readying listeners for Diocletian and Constantine. Highly, highly recommended.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (jm1YL)

250 234 I got an e-book copy of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", all 1,000-plus pages. Anyone have any comments about it? I know it is considered a 'classic' but is it any good?
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (V+03K)


Proust is, shall we say, an acquired taste.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (xlCXC)

251 Infidel, you can disable Alexa in Settings

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (hMwEB)

252 It has a very NYC vibe, the bland colors, the ugly lamp, the initials, the idiotic heart paperweight.

Aside from the colors, this is the current rage in interior design. Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper does the same stuff. I don't like useless stuff put into a space simply for its appearance. Especially useless fiddly stuff that you have to dust and clean.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (39g3+)

253 I got an e-book copy of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", all 1,000-plus pages. Anyone have any comments about it? I know it is considered a 'classic' but is it any good?
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (V+03K)
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Well, it begat the Monty Python sketch "Proust Summarizing Competition":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwAOc4g3K-g

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (qJtVm)

254 Wow a full throated endorsement of scientism. It's almost as if he was unaware that logical fallacy hadn't been exploded in the middle ages.
Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 10:41 AM (ZuGkg)

Obviously, everything believed in the middle ages is false by definition. If you come across something which looks true, redefine it so it is false. This game has been played for centuries now.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (+TcCF)

255 Or to put it more clearly: There is science, which is a tool, and it's a very good tool. Then there's Science, which is a religion. It's a very very silly religion, and its adherents are so absurdly silly as to render themselves outside the realm of human usefulness, except as a means of destruction. Which they are doing a lot of these days.
Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (Pz4pT)

The areas or instances where Science has been corrupted by SJWs and others has created an epistemological bouillabaisse of horseshit, bullshit and outright malice that serves only the ends of those seeking power, not truth.

Part of the usefulness of tools is knowing their limitations. You don't wash a window with hammer. And the first step to enlightenment is knowing that there is more you don't know than you know.

Posted by: Bilwis, Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (tMFgx)

256 I got an e-book copy of Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past", all 1,000-plus pages. Anyone have any comments about it? I know it is considered a 'classic' but is it any good?
Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 10:58 AM (V+03K)


Yes but you have to like pages and pages of ruminations where things aren't tangibly happening in the external world.

Posted by: Captain Hate at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (y7DUB)

257 Proust is, shall we say, an acquired taste.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM (xlCXC)

His madeleine recipe is good....

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (wYseH)

258 Juliet Proust was hot!

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 11:11 AM (IqV8l)

259 It's been interesting to find out the idea of the
canal predates the actual building by several decades. I have to read a
bit further but, I'm really wondering why Panama was chosen over
Nicaragua.



No spoilers, darn it! Still reading the book!
Posted by: Charles Dickens at April 15, 2018 10:05 AM (WEBkv)


There are a lot of reasons: The French, the Nicaraguans, volcanoes and the Colombians. And Congress of course.

See? Teasers, not Spoilers!

Posted by: Kindltot at April 15, 2018 11:11 AM (2K6fY)

260 As should everyone. I once asked my wife which writer I quoted most, she said it was GKC by a mile.
=
The man who was Thursday. A nightmare.


Any of the father brown mysteries.

He wrote an amazing biography of st Thomas and st Francis. Which is also an amazing explanation and defense of western civilization and so unbelievably anti pc reading it is like being doused with ice cold water. He dictated it to his secretary. She said he did it like a lecture just straight out. Stopped once to flip through a couple of reference books.

Dude worked the paradox like no other.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:11 AM (ZuGkg)

261 Currently reading The Histories by Herodotus. Interesting reading, but you constantly have to stop and do a lot of Wiki to get your bearings on people and places. Great stories, one after the other, contained in it.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:11 AM (vV/gB)

262 227 OK, there's a ton of Chesterton free on Kindle.

Where should I start?
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 10:55 AM (fuK7c)

I'd recommend the collection "All Things Considered". Lots of good stuff in it. " On Woman" would be have gotten him crucified nowadays.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 11:12 AM (+TcCF)

263 I read Captains Courageous, but it took me a long time. And a bunch of skimming. Its not a bad book but it felt... padded, like he had a short story to tell but wanted it to be a longer book. So there's oceans of minute detail about Cod fishing in the grand banks to the point its almost a textbook. I mean, because its Kipling its well told and still kind of interesting but not enough to make me want to actually read all that.

I have found that, aside from Jungle Book, I really prefer Kipling's poetry over his prose and that's... bizarre because I really don't care for poetry most of the time.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:12 AM (39g3+)

264 51, 71,

It wasn't so much that they oversampled Democrats, though they did in many polls, what I saw was that they made the assumption that people with Grad degrees would turnout at 3, 4, 5, times the rate that those with only a high-school degree or some college would. Grad degree people were the most pro-Hillary group and those with HS degrees and/or some college were the most for Trump. That assumption skewed the results.

They weighted the sample for many things including Party but only rarely weighted for education level. Whether this was done on purpose or not I can't say.

Posted by: geoffb at April 15, 2018 11:13 AM (zOpu5)

265 Where should I start?

I recommend the Father Brown short stories if you like mysteries, or clever thinking. They're easy to read and quite wonderful.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:14 AM (39g3+)

266 Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 11:06 AM

Yes, I have "One Blood" also. At the moment, I'm blanking on the story. My Kindle is telling me I haven't read it yet which might explain why I'm drawing a blank. I'll have to go back and re-read "The Scent of Metal" to get back up to speed.

Just the thing for a snowy, no news day.

Posted by: Skandia Recluse -barely woke at April 15, 2018 11:15 AM (roQNm)

267 "And what are your hobbies, other than summarizing?"

"Strangling small animals, golf, and masturbating."

"Ooh, golf's not very popular around here."

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:17 AM (qJtVm)

268 ''Aside from the colors, this is the current rage in interior design. Joanna Gaines on Fixer Upper does the same stuff. I don't like useless stuff put into a space simply for its appearance. Especially useless fiddly stuff that you have to dust and clean.''

I like her style. Simple, open and not a lot of frou, frou. Just enough to keep the decor interesting.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:17 AM (jm1YL)

269 I had a kindle fire for several years. Great to read books on - internet, not so much. Could not access the HQ. Have an iPad now with the iBooks app and Kindle app. LOVE my iPad. If all that is wanted is a reading device, I recommend some sort of kindle.

Posted by: Rosasharn at April 15, 2018 11:17 AM (PzBTm)

270 The areas or instances where Science has been corrupted by SJWs and others has created an epistemological bouillabaisse of horseshit, bullshit and outright malice that serves only the ends of those seeking power, not truth.

Part of the usefulness of tools is knowing their limitations. You don't wash a window with hammer. And the first step to enlightenment is knowing that there is more you don't know than you know.
Posted by: Bilwis, Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (tMFgx)

The problem predates SJWs, though it did pave the road to them. It is often described as mistaking a method for a metaphysic.

Posted by: George LeS at April 15, 2018 11:18 AM (+TcCF)

271 Obviously, everything believed in the middle ages is false by definition. If you come across something which looks true, redefine it so it is false. This game has been played for centuries now.
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It is amazing isn't. I have finally come to the conclusion that almost everything I thought I knew of the middle ages is wrong. In reality the world was probably closest to God then. Which is why that history needs to be rewritten as a detestable, barren,hateful existence in which suffering was universal and joy was absent.

Read Gene Wolfe's introduction to the mountains. Internet essay.

Then cs Lewis's a leaf by niggle. As free short story.

They have stolen our patrimony.

For that alone they could be condemned.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:19 AM (ZuGkg)

272 They weighted the sample for many things including Party but only rarely weighted for education level. Whether this was done on purpose or not I can't say.

All polling is done based on the past. They used techniques based on the previous 4 national elections and got it wrong because that's now what happened this time. I know why they do it; polling is getting less and less accurate and harder to do because so many people avoid pollsters, so they are dialing down into more specific detail and smaller slices of the voting populace, in an attempt to get information from a smaller slice of humanity.

The problem is, in the end, all you're getting data from is a subsection of people who actually still answer pollsters. And like in the 1930s when national polling became a thing, its inevitably going to fail.

Back then, Literary Digest was the main polling operation and they kept being right over and over. Why? Because they had a very heavy Republican reader base and people at the time preferred Republicans over Democrats. So their readers were an accurate slice of the voting public. Then, in 1936 they predicted a big win for Alf Landon over Roosevelt, because their readers didn't care for FDR.

Gallup, using more broad and general techniques, gave FDR the big win. And that turned out to be very accurate, changing how polling was approached. But Gallup wrote 5 years ago that they no longer knew how to poll and all the old systems no longer worked.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:19 AM (39g3+)

273 Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 10:45 AM (Pz4pT)

The areas or instances where Science has been corrupted by SJWs and others has created an epistemological bouillabaisse of horseshit, bullshit and outright malice that serves only the ends of those seeking power, not truth.

Part of the usefulness of tools is knowing their limitations. You don't wash a window with hammer. And the first step to enlightenment is knowing that there is more you don't know than you know.
Posted by: Bilwis, Devourer of Low Glycemic Souls at April 15, 2018 11:08 AM (tMFgx)


Well-stated.

That is the fundamental folly of the Scientism followers, their inability to recognize the value of what cannot and will not be known through science. Which leads them into their dangerousness, in holding views not known through science, in contempt, and the people who believe in such things as being beneath them. Unworthy.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 11:20 AM (Pz4pT)

274 Where should I start?

I recommend the Father Brown short stories if you like mysteries, or clever thinking. They're easy to read and quite wonderful.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:14 AM (39g3+)


If you want Chesterton at his most Chestertonian, read-

"The Man Who Was Thursday"

and

"The Napoleon of Notting Hill"

Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 11:20 AM (E3rQ4)

275 264
51, 71,

It wasn't so much that they oversampled Democrats, though
they did in many polls, what I saw was that they made the assumption
that people with Grad degrees would turnout at 3, 4, 5, times the rate
that those with only a high-school degree or some college would. Grad
degree people were the most pro-Hillary group and those with HS degrees
and/or some college were the most for Trump. That assumption skewed the
results.

They weighted the sample for many things including Party
but only rarely weighted for education level. Whether this was done on
purpose or not I can't say.


Posted by: geoffb at April 15, 2018 11:13 AM (zOpu5)


When the pollsters give their sampling ratios what they are really giving you is their weighting fraction and they just call it 'sampling' because they do not want to advertise that they are manipulating the numbers. And the 2016 poll results were heavily tilted to the Democrats. Like I said earlier, they were off by 10% in GA alone.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 11:21 AM (mpXpK)

276 Some of the castles in England had oubliettes ("forgetting holes"), which are basically narrow holes in the dungeon where they shoved wayward earls and barons--they couldn't move their arms and legs and basically died of panic. Pretty badass.

As in, I wish Trump would shove Comey into an oubliette.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at April 15, 2018 11:22 AM (9u+md)

277 I recommend the Father Brown short stories if you like mysteries, or clever thinking. They're easy to read and quite wonderful.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:14 AM (39g3+)


I watched a few of the new Father Brown adaptations on Netflix. Got to the one whose point seemed to be that we must be tolerant of the gay character and gay people in general, because Father Brown thinks there's nothing wrong with being gay, and that was the last one I watched. I can't imagine Chesterton holding such a view.

Diversity. It's everywhere.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:22 AM (xlCXC)

278 Sorry, didn't read the comments.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at April 15, 2018 11:23 AM (9u+md)

279 Could not access the HQ.
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Am accessing the hq from kindle fire now. You need to be in a WiFi loop however. It's not like your phone that hooks up anywhere.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:23 AM (ZuGkg)

280 252: Probably so. I gave up on decorating/house and garden periodicals when it became obvious that their plan was to slop a coat of the currently trendy shade of white or beige on everything and call it miraculous.

I have a vast collection of useless stuff kept in cabinets, but largely antique porcelain acquired at auction. DH is a fan of polychrome Delft and Arts and crafts type porcelain and ceramics and plenty of it is his. Bookcases are separate from decorative stuff as we do not decorate with books.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:24 AM (5gaNQ)

281 So I'm currently reading two books: Stonehenge by Bernard Cornwell and Alive! by Loren D Estleman.

Stonehenge is set in stone age Britain, and gives a story account of how the monument was built and why, loosely based on some archaeology in the area. As much as I like Cornwell's books, they do tend to follow a pretty standard template and are sort of predictable as a result. but Stonehenge, like The Gallows Thief and other stand-alone books he has written in the past, does not follow that template.

There's no one big hero, no one big war, and the setting is nasty and brutish. It is definitely pagan and stone age, although there are apparently settlements far off that are beginning to work bronze. Its been really interesting, so far.

Alive! is one of Estleman's "Valentino" books about a film historian and restoration guy who makes a living finding old movies and protecting them. For example, in this book he's trying to find out why a sort-of friend died, and ends up in a hunt for the lost audition test footage of Bela Legosi trying out for the role of Frankenstein's monster (Karloff took the role).

This is 3rd in a series and like the others is packed with fascinating old movie references, history, and details plus is a solid mystery with a likable if flawed main character and plenty of interesting supporting characters.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:26 AM (39g3+)

282 279
Could not access the HQ.

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Am accessing the hq from kindle fire now. You need to be in a WiFi
loop however. It's not like your phone that hooks up anywhere.

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:23 AM (ZuGkg)

My phone doesn't 'hook up anywhere'. Like I said earlier it doesn't work at all at the lake house in GA. Once I leave the freeway in GA it is hit or miss until I go through a town. And I used to have an ATnT phone and it was even worse.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 11:27 AM (mpXpK)

283 As for current reading, I am about to start the Sword of Honor trilogy by Waugh. I have a love hate relationship with Waugh, I love the books and characterizations but will never forgive him for my first name (my father was a fan of his work).

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:28 AM (5gaNQ)

284 I watched a few of the new Father Brown adaptations on Netflix. Got to the one whose point seemed to be that we must be tolerant of the gay character and gay people in general, because Father Brown thinks there's nothing wrong with being gay, and that was the last one I watched. /i]

Yeah first episode of the series, and the last one I watched as well. They got Father Brown down ... okay, but he would have in no way been blase' and comfortable with a homosexual, he'd have had something incredibly brilliant and an astounding insight into life that would help the man understand the problems with his life, while being humble and compassionate. Not condemning and judgmental, but hopeful and helpful.

It just wasn't well done enough to watch any more and the way they told the story (retelling one of the short stories but changing it because modern film makers always know better) was just not welcome at all.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:29 AM (39g3+)

285 Re-reading Death in a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Seven Words of Christ from the Cross by the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Best book I have ever read on the "why" of the Crucifixion.

Also reading Consuming the Word: The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, and just finished The Fourth Cup, both by Dr. Scott Hahn. Hahn is one of the most thorough and clear Biblical scholors I have read, and he ties the OT together with the NT seamlessly, discovering new insights into both in each new book.

Olde School Roman Catholic here. Can you tell?

Posted by: Sharkman at April 15, 2018 11:29 AM (bsBH4)

286 Any news on the Assyrian war? Who are we siding with, the Sassanids, Ottomans, or Hittites?

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at April 15, 2018 11:29 AM (9u+md)

287 If you want Chesterton at his most Chestertonian, read-
"The Man Who Was Thursday"
and
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill"
Posted by: naturalfake at April 15, 2018 11:20 AM (E3rQ4)

Maybe I'm the only one, but I find 'Chesterton at his most Chestertonian' to be quite irritating, and I can only read a page or two before I find myself unable to continue. It's like reading puns. One is fun, two are more so, three and you start to groan a little, but then if you're subjected to page after page nothing but puns, it's simply tiresome. That's my main beef with Chesterton. Great man, great writer, but I can only tolerate him in small doses.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:31 AM (xlCXC)

288 Any news on the Assyrian war? Who are we siding with, the Sassanids, Ottomans, or Hittites?

My money is on the Philistines, they have this huge guy from Gath, got a spear like a weaver's beam

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:31 AM (39g3+)

289 281 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:26 AM (39g3+)


That Stonehenge book sounds interesting and I generally like Cornwell. But alas they want more than $10 for the Kindle edition. So I will have to wait. I refuse to pay more than $10 for an ebook unless less it is a multi-volume set.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (mpXpK)

290 Every week I could make a list of booksto read that others are reading if only I had more time to read what I am reading.

Posted by: Skip at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (aC6Sd)

291 The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church, and just finished The Fourth Cup, both by Dr. Scott Hahn. Hahn is one of the most thorough and clear Biblical scholors I have read, and he ties the OT together with the NT seamlessly, discovering new insights into both in each new book.
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Almost got this. Held off. You recommend buying?

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (ZuGkg)

292 277 I recommend the Father Brown short stories if you like mysteries, or clever thinking. They're easy to read and quite wonderful.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:14 AM (39g3+)

I watched a few of the new Father Brown adaptations on Netflix. Got to the one whose point seemed to be that we must be tolerant of the gay character and gay people in general, because Father Brown thinks there's nothing wrong with being gay, and that was the last one I watched. I can't imagine Chesterton holding such a view.

Diversity. It's everywhere.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:22 AM (xlCXC)

Thanks for the warning. Weren't there other, better, adaptations of the Father Brown mysteries?

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (ANIFC)

293 ''As for current reading, I am about to start the Sword of Honor trilogy by Waugh. I have a love hate relationship with Waugh, I love the books and characterizations but will never forgive him for my first name (my father was a fan of his work).''

Oh dear. You have one of those ''what were they thinking when they named their child'' parents. I presume you use your middle name?

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (jm1YL)

294 I recommend Reinhold Niebuhr's Moral Man and Immoral Society. I have memorized the first 200 pages.

Posted by: Jumbo Jim at April 15, 2018 11:32 AM (5gaNQ)

295 Oh and Mikey's cat didn't get in the picture

Posted by: Skip at April 15, 2018 11:33 AM (aC6Sd)

296 271 ... Leaf By Niggle is Tolkien. However, any CS Lewis essays on the middle ages is absolutely worth reading. The man's genius is staggering.

Posted by: JTB at April 15, 2018 11:34 AM (V+03K)

297 That's my main beef with Chesterton. Great man, great writer, but I can only tolerate him in small doses.

I agree, his short stories ring out well but his longer work is too much of him in one dose. Likely true of me as well.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:34 AM (39g3+)

298 "Of course, this is what progressives always do, right? They take something that's not theirs, hollow it out, wear its skin, and then walk around demanding respect"

I think it started with Shakespeare's plays being "reimagined" to score political points. Richard III set in a modern Fascist dictatorship, men in drag cast as Juliet or Portia (of course, female roles were originally played by boys in drag but that wasn't because the Elizabethans were trying to signal how woke they were, but because women weren't permitted onstage). Sometimes updated, modern dress Shakespeare works and is pretty creative, sometimes it's heavy-handed propaganda. But I think he was the first author people thought they could play fast and loose with. Now it's spreading, and not in a fun way (like 'Bridget Jones' Diary' which was a funny update of Jane Austin), but in a dreary PC way.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (H80UQ)

299 That quote by Louisa May Alcott was just more thoughtful, erudite 19th century Victorian way of coming out as a lesbian.
Today it would just be, "I'm gay! I'm gay! I'm gay!"

Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (7uYFy)

300 Leaf By Niggle is Tolkien
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Oops my dementia is flaring up. Again. Thanks for the correction .

Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (ZuGkg)

301 I learned this week that Jacksonville's minor league club is named the Jumbo Shrimp. I like that. Shrimp should get more credit for just being.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:36 AM (vV/gB)

302 Thanks for the kind words, Jake Holenhead!
Posted by: Sabrina Chase at April 15, 2018 10:39 AM (L59/U)

You're welcome. I have Raven's Children and Queen of Chaos on order. The info you provided on your 'About The Author' page in the book is a hoot.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 15, 2018 11:36 AM (8EJVd)

303 293: I did in college. Had he just named me Evelyn things would have been better, but he chose a more obscure and hard to explain character, so I told people than my parents just made it up. One teacher said "that's not a real name, and called me a different name for two years"

Posted by: Jumbo Jim at April 15, 2018 11:36 AM (5gaNQ)

304 298 "Of course, this is what progressives always do, right? They take something that's not theirs, hollow it out, wear its skin, and then walk around demanding respect"
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So proggies are Aztecs?

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:37 AM (vV/gB)

305 Regarding Lauren's book display:

A) Dog-eared books are obviously the best.

B) Who has time to read? Nerds?

C) Bookbindings hide tree genocide.

Posted by: Marooned at April 15, 2018 11:37 AM (8hRlF)

306 Off smelly tall sock

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:37 AM (5gaNQ)

307 304 298 "Of course, this is what progressives always do, right? They take something that's not theirs, hollow it out, wear its skin, and then walk around demanding respect"
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So proggies are Aztecs?
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:37 AM (vV/gB)

Or Jame Gumb.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:38 AM (ANIFC)

308 >>>77 72 Oubliable is a French word. When did the book thread turn communist?
Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 09:28 AM (fuK7c)
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Bander! Hello.

I'm sure there's a 50-letter German word for it too.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (qJtVm)

vergesslichen

Posted by: m at April 15, 2018 11:38 AM (U6XUk)

309 But alas they want more than $10 for the Kindle edition. So I will have to wait. I refuse to pay more than $10 for an ebook unless less it is a multi-volume set.

I'm with you. No ebook is worth more than $5. I get books from the library to read, because a library card is free and I'm po'. They have this great system where you can find online and order books held at the library, then go and get them when they come in. The whole library system across the county is part of the deal, so I can usually find stuff.

The biggest annoyance is that the libraries around here have weeded out old books to make room for new, so you get 5 copies of "Traveling Pants" which shoved "The Mark of Zorro" off the shelf. Its hard to find classics.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:38 AM (39g3+)

310 A few years ago I was in a used book store and ran across several volumes in a series called Rivers of America published in the 40's and 50's.
Unbelievably good--- at least the ones I snagged were.
(The Wabash, Upper Mississippi, Tennessee-2 vols., Rivers of the Eastern Shore, The Kaw, The Chagres.)

BTW, The Chagres: River of Westward Passage is the best English-language book on Panama I've ever read, although you don't get to the Canal until very near the end. It covers everything from pre-Columbian times through the Conquistadors, the Spanish gold-and-silver transports, English pirates, the US Gold Rush era, the (amazingly difficult) construction of the first transcontinental railroad, to the opening of the Canal.

This was a series put out by Rinehart publishing. They hired the very best of writers (from Edgar Lee Masters to Donald Davidson) and regional historians to put it together.
There was so much of this type of publishing done in the decades right after WWII, from Will Durants's Story of Civilization to the wonderful Landmark biography series for kids.

But that was when the US was a different country, when the ruling class still loved America and the West and wanted to offer intelligent yet readable history to the broad public.





Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 11:38 AM (0jtPF)

311 167 You can live in my new country made up of Texas , Oklahoma Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. You will though have to be willing to eventually go to war since we need a path of land to the Pacific.
Posted by: Sebastian Melmoth at April 15, 2018 09:50 AM

Kansas would join up too - and probably Tennessee. The states north of them, which would still rely on the Mississippi for their import/export traffic would face a hard choice - join up with the new Republic of Texas or get used to being Chicago's bitch.

Posted by: Tom Servo at April 15, 2018 11:39 AM (V2Yro)

312 305: Years ago I remember seeing something like "if this book has no cover, consider it stolen" inside a number of paperbacks. Perhaps Lauren's collection is pilfered.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:39 AM (5gaNQ)

313 ''I did in college. Had he just named me Evelyn things would have been better, but he chose a more obscure and hard to explain character, so I told people than my parents just made it up. One teacher said "that's not a real name, and called me a different name for two years"

Working in the financial services industry I've come across quite a few legal name changes on accounts. I've agreed with every one. I talked to a guy who had to wait until his mom passed away to do it.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:40 AM (jm1YL)

314
Any news on the Assyrian war? Who are we siding with, the Sassanids, Ottomans, or Hittites?
Posted by: Big Fat Meanie


Pakleds

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 11:40 AM (IqV8l)

315 female roles were originally played by boys in drag but that wasn't because the Elizabethans were trying to signal how woke they were, but because women weren't permitted onstage

Well that and like with boy's choirs, they thought boy's voices were purer and sweeter than a woman's. Plus, that way no women had to be backstage and have separate quarters etc. There were practical reasons beyond "we don't allow women." Back then, actors were rightly viewed as the scum of the earth, debauched liars who could entertain but were best avoided. Who'd want a woman mixed up in that?

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:41 AM (39g3+)

316 Well, it begat the Monty Python sketch "Proust Summarizing Competition":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwAOc4g3K-g
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (qJtVm)

The next clip after that one is 'Prejudice', and it's a hoot. I'm surprised utube hasn't removed it as being offensive to those easily offended.

Posted by: Jake Holenhead at April 15, 2018 11:42 AM (8EJVd)

317 Sometimes updated, modern dress Shakespeare works and is pretty creative, sometimes it's heavy-handed propaganda. But I think he was the first author people thought they could play fast and loose with. Now it's spreading, and not in a fun way (like 'Bridget Jones' Diary' which was a funny update of Jane Austin), but in a dreary PC way.
Posted by: DonnaV. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (H80UQ)


There was a version of 'MacBeth' starring Patrick Stewart set in a modern military dictatorship I thought was pretty good. Also a 'modern' version of Hamlet with Heath Ledger which is kind of dated now because he does the 'To be or not to be' speech in a Blockbuster's video rental store.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:42 AM (xlCXC)

318 312 305: Years ago I remember seeing something like "if this book has no cover, consider it stolen" inside a number of paperbacks. Perhaps Lauren's collection is pilfered.
Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:39 AM (5gaNQ)
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I think you may be right. I'm not seeing covers.

This makes me dislike the decorator just a touch less.

Unless she herself ripped the covers off to give it that desired bland uniformity!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:42 AM (qJtVm)

319 For Chesterton I would put Orthodoxy at the top of my list.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 11:43 AM (0jtPF)

320 The Romeo and Juliet as modern gangs with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes was decent, she was so cute in that angel outfit. But it was jarring hearing the original lines come from modern gang bangers.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:43 AM (39g3+)

321 ''Back then, actors were rightly viewed as the scum of the earth, debauched liars who could entertain but were best avoided. Who'd want a woman mixed up in that?''

For the most part things haven't changed. Only their status in society.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:44 AM (jm1YL)

322 Heath Ledger which is kind of dated now because he does the 'To be or not to be' speech in a Blockbuster's video rental store.
Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:42 AM (xlCXC)
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I like that version a lot, but it was Ethan Hawke. That was a striking visual.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:44 AM (qJtVm)

323 I recall reading about a Aztek king who was presented with a princess from one of the Mayan tribes as a peace offering. He killed her, skinned her and walked around in her skin as a show of power. This will not endear you to the in-laws.

This story may have been connected to Cortez.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:44 AM (vV/gB)

324 Leaf By Niggle is Tolkien
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Oops my dementia is flaring up. Again. Thanks for the correction .
Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (ZuGkg)


Also rayciss, of course.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 11:45 AM (Pz4pT)

325 285 Re-reading Death in a Friday Afternoon: Meditations on the Last Seven Words of Christ from the Cross by the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus. Best book I have ever read on the "why" of the Crucifixion. "

I have that book too, Sharkman! And yeah, it's a great work.

This is not the most profound thing in that book by any means, but it stuck in my mind: the revelation (to me) that the long crosses we see in art and the movies are an invention of medieval artists. In practice, the Romans had no need to waste lumber like that. They didn't in fact raise the victims that high off the ground and, to their minds, it was better that the crowds see the suffering of the condemned as close up as possible. So the Cross was, in actuality, just a foot or two off the ground. When Jesus spoke to Mary and John he was practically eye level with them. For whatever reason, that just gives me the chills.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 11:45 AM (H80UQ)

326 OM, Thanks for the Uncommon Character book link.
It looks well worth investigation.
As a bonus I just got a Benefit Confirmation email.
25% credit for future kindle purchase.
Let's see $0.00 x 0.25=? credit

In all seriousness it does seem a worthwhile book. I don't buy every $ 0 book I see, but more than I should.

Posted by: InspiredHistoryMike at April 15, 2018 11:45 AM (vFHFh)

327 That quote by Louisa May Alcott was just more thoughtful, erudite 19th century Victorian way of coming out as a lesbian.

Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (7uYFy)


Yeah, I thought so, to, but what I didn't tell you was that the wiki entry mentions, in the next sentence, a love affair with some guy she supposedly had, so I don't know if she was an actual lesbian, a bisexual, or what.

Nor do I care, come to think of it.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:46 AM (xlCXC)

328 my older kindle fire had a problem with certain wifi signals

some kind of bug in the OS back then I think

the one I have now is fine

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:46 AM (hMwEB)

329 I mentioned Ethel Romig Fuller last book thread. Turns out she was Oregon's third poet laureate. I do like those poems. (And I found a nice tea site that uses the poems, when I was searching for more info).

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 15, 2018 11:46 AM (Lqy/e)

330 By next week are we going to see lots of reviews for the comedy Comey wrote?

Posted by: Skip at April 15, 2018 11:47 AM (aC6Sd)

331 313: I considered this when I was younger, but the rarity, the frequent mispronunciations, and the "that can't be your real name", is less disturbing now. I actually considered taking the first name the science teacher gave me.

Years ago, after he died, I actually found a list of names he'd considered for children and some of the alternatives were actually worse. Some were literary, some were from mythology, and one was so alliterative it would have been excruciating.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:47 AM (5gaNQ)

332 I like that version a lot, but it was Ethan Hawke. That was a striking visual.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:44 AM (qJtVm)


Right. Ethan Hawke. Just as I said.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 11:47 AM (xlCXC)

333
By next week are we going to see lots of reviews for the comedy Comey wrote?
Posted by: Skip


Does he come out as a lesbian, too?

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 11:48 AM (IqV8l)

334 That quote by Louisa May Alcott was just more thoughtful, erudite 19th century Victorian way of coming out as a lesbian.
Today it would just be, "I'm gay! I'm gay! I'm gay!"
Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (7uYFy)


She also does not say whether she had sex with anybody, which she wouldn't, because it's really nobody's business.

A concept lost on our current culture.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (Pz4pT)

335 I understand, OM. It's the oxy and vodka talking.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (qJtVm)

336 329: Thanks for that recommendation. I bought a copy and enjoy her reverence for the home

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (5gaNQ)

337 Years ago, after he died, I actually found a list of names he'd considered for children and some of the alternatives were actually worse. Some were literary, some were from mythology, and one was so alliterative it would have been excruciating.

I mean no disrespect or slur to your parents but I wish parents would not do that. Your children are not pets. They are not a car you name "Brad." They are human beings saddled with the name you choose for them and have to live with it. Be wise and thoughtful, not trendy or cute.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (39g3+)

338 I still think Trump should have quickly re-hired Comey, then fired him again, like Steinbrenner did with Billy Martin.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (ANIFC)

339 ''Does he come out as a lesbian, too? ''

LOL

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM (jm1YL)

340 I'm now reading The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama by Matt Margolis.

Another encyclopedic compendium like his The Worst President in History

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM (hMwEB)

341 The Chagres: River of Westward Passage is the best English-language book on Panama I've ever read, although you don't get to the Canal until very near the end. It covers everything from pre-Columbian times through the Conquistadors, the Spanish gold-and-silver transports, English pirates,

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Did an aerial recon of the bay that Fort San Lorenzo overlooks. You can still see the rock that Captain Morgan ran his ship into on his pirate raid. I honestly don't know how they didn't see it.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM (vV/gB)

342 338 I still think Trump should have quickly re-hired Comey, then fired him again, like Steinbrenner did with Billy Martin.
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Billy Martin was honest and competent.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (vV/gB)

343 CN, I take it you were name Evelyn? Could've been worse, Oscar Wilde named one of his sons Vyvyan.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (qJtVm)

344 309 The biggest annoyance is that the libraries around
here have weeded out old books to make room for new, so you get 5 copies
of "Traveling Pants" which shoved "The Mark of Zorro" off the shelf.
Its hard to find classics.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:38 AM (39g3+)

I have both seasons of the Disney Zorro TV series. never thought about getting the book. I see that it is available for s low at 2.99. My have to give it a try.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (mpXpK)

345 337 Years ago, after he died, I actually found a list of names he'd considered for children and some of the alternatives were actually worse. Some were literary, some were from mythology, and one was so alliterative it would have been excruciating.

I mean no disrespect or slur to your parents but I wish parents would not do that. Your children are not pets. They are not a car you name "Brad." They are human beings saddled with the name you choose for them and have to live with it. Be wise and thoughtful, not trendy or cute.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (39g3+)

I was having lunch a couple of weeks ago and overheard the conversation at the table next to me. A couple were lamenting that their grandchild has a brand new last name, unconnected to either parent, because the parents wanted the child to have its own unique identity.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (ANIFC)

346 301 I learned this week that Jacksonville's minor league club is named the Jumbo Shrimp. I like that. Shrimp should get more credit for just being.
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:36 AM (vV/gB)

Minor league teams have the best names: the Iron Pigs, the Yard Goats, the Lugnuts, the Sand Gnats...

https://www.esquire.com/sports/news/g2225/best-minor-league-names/

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 11:53 AM (H80UQ)

347 Did an aerial recon of the bay that Fort San Lorenzo overlooks. You can still see the rock that Captain Morgan ran his ship into on his pirate raid. I honestly don't know how they didn't see it.
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM


Were they drunk on rum?

Posted by: Chuck C at April 15, 2018 11:54 AM (0V2ki)

348 337: I agree. My husband also has a first name (a family name) that subjected him to ridicule as a child. We gave our daughters names that would not cause them pain. These days, however, parents seem to delight so much in name oddities that it is less of an issue, I think. I was born in the late 1950s when everyone was Cathy, Mary, or Susan, so it was rotten for me

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:54 AM (5gaNQ)

349 Posted by: Simplemind at April 15, 2018 09:59 AM (ZuGkg)

I read a book from another John C Wright series Swan Knights Son and thought "I think Wright's style would appeal to boys" Nice that my guess is confirmed. For people looking for fun books for boys vs the SJW tripe that seems to be pushed by schools these days I think Wright would be an author to add to the list of worth trying.

Posted by: PaleRider, simply irredeemable at April 15, 2018 11:55 AM (Aashi)

350 A couple were lamenting that their grandchild has a brand new last name, unconnected to either parent, because the parents wanted the child to have its own unique identity.
Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (ANIFC)

Should've put him up for adoption then.

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:55 AM (hMwEB)

351 I see on the sidebar that Art Bell has died. Or maybe that's just what they want you to think.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:55 AM (ANIFC)

352 A couple were lamenting that their grandchild has a brand new last name, unconnected to either parent, because the parents wanted the child to have its own unique identity.

I don't see how they can even do that?? In any case its one more step toward destroying continuity with the past, tradition, family, and any cohesion whatsoever.

Naming your kids after ancestors and previous family members is a way of tying your family together and creating bonds. Not doing so is a deliberate way to avoid that.

I am seeing more and more of a trend lately of cutting off parents and grandparents. Like young people today have decided they must shun the past and break away entirely from their heritage because old and raciss and evil.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:55 AM (39g3+)

353 343: No, Evelyn would have been a blessing.

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 11:56 AM (5gaNQ)

354 Re: Hearts of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. Too lazy to paw through my books, but those who are into it would enjoy a book that is Coppola's wife's diary during the filming of AN. To double down, the Norton Critical edition of Heart of Darkness has numerous essays comparing AN to HD. It was interesting.

Posted by: The Poster Formerly Known as Mr. Barky at April 15, 2018 11:56 AM (IGNqr)

355 347 Did an aerial recon of the bay that Fort San Lorenzo overlooks. You can still see the rock that Captain Morgan ran his ship into on his pirate raid. I honestly don't know how they didn't see it.
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM

Were they drunk on rum?
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My guess (I don't really know) is they attack the bay in darkness. The Spainards knew they were coming and had evacuated the fort. All in all, Captain Morgan was lucky to survive the raid as his fellow pirates were really pissed with the take of Panama City.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (vV/gB)

356 I am reading an old Ace Double that has both sides from Eric Frank Russell.

It has the novella The Space Willies (later expanded to Next of Kin) on one side, and a collection of shorts, Six Worlds Yonder.

The Space Willies is about a scout pilot named John Leeming taken POW on mission to find out the depth of the region of space the Combine holds, in a intergalactic war between two major powers, who works to dupe his alien captors that all humans have a second, intangible being attached to them, called a Eustace, to make the Combine think that these aliens called humans are dangerous to hold, all in a bid to convince his jailers that he is a) a terrible risk to hold, and b) the only way to get rid of the risk is to release him back to his own lines.

Six Worlds Yonder is about various scout pilots and their follow up teams, the most memorable is about the planet of the Waitabits, who have a day that lasts 6 months and a time sense that is the same, and the entire world runs on extreme slow motions; the recognition by an alien telepath that the true masters of the world are dogs; and the fairly libertarian story about a system of first contact of alien worlds using the method of "Diabologic, the method of driving other people nuts!"

Russell was in the RAF during WWII and claimed to be just a radio operator, but his books Wasp, Next of Kin (the Space Willies) and some of his short stories make reviewers of his wonder what contact he had with the Special Operations sorts

Posted by: Kindltot at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (2K6fY)

357 Minor league teams have the best names: ...the Lugnuts...
Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 11:53 AM (H80UQ)


*stands and waves arms*
*looks around*
*sits back down meekly*

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (y87Qq)

358 299 That quote by Louisa May Alcott was just more thoughtful, erudite 19th century Victorian way of coming out as a lesbian.....

Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 11:35 AM (7uYFy)
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Whether she was or was not a lesbian we cannot say, but one thing is for certain. She would be horrified at the suggestion.

Between our extreme obsession with sex and the Victorians' extreme repression lies a gulf of misunderstanding, particularly when it comes to florid expressions of "love."

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (0jtPF)

359 ''I have both seasons of the Disney Zorro TV series. never thought about getting the book. I see that it is available for s low at 2.99. My have to give it a try.''

Oh my gosh, I loved that series when I was a kid. Guy Williams as Zorro.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (jm1YL)

360 I mean no disrespect or slur to your parents but
I wish parents would not do that. Your children are not pets. They
are not a car you name "Brad." They are human beings saddled with the
name you choose for them and have to live with it. Be wise and
thoughtful, not trendy or cute.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (39g3+)


A thousand times yes. And especially the abuse of the letter y. Your kid is going to have to spell and/or pronounce their first name for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 11:58 AM (Vz8kB)

361 354 Re: Hearts of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. Too lazy to paw through my books, but those who are into it would enjoy a book that is Coppola's wife's diary during the filming of AN. To double down, the Norton Critical edition of Heart of Darkness has numerous essays comparing AN to HD. It was interesting.
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AN is merely an update on HD staged in Vietnam. Why such a short book turned out to be such a long movie still baffles me.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:59 AM (vV/gB)

362 By the way, a while back on here we had a discussion about some book store that turned all the men's books round in the shelves to celebrate women's history month (somehow), and in it I asserted that women dominated the agent and publishing business. I felt this was true based on my experiences and what I'd found when I tried to go the traditional publishing route but I didn't have hard evidence.

Well I did a bunch of research and found that not only was I right, I was so right its pretty much just assumed in the industry and overwhelmingly so.

For example, more than 80% of new employees at publishing houses are female. I wrote it up on my blog, if you want to see. But basically women control publishing.

http://www.wordaroundthe.net/2018/04/write-girls.html

And the problem is, they aren't just working there, they have specific and intentional bias against men.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:59 AM (39g3+)

363 There used to be a minor league hockey team called the Macon Whoopee.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 11:59 AM (Vz8kB)

364 Just downloaded it for 99 cents.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:00 PM (mpXpK)

365 I agree. My husband also has a first name (a family name) that subjected him to ridicule as a child.
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My wife wanted to name our son Samson. My mother had a good talking to with my wife. The boy is named Samuel.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 12:01 PM (vV/gB)

366 341---Did an aerial recon of the bay that Fort San Lorenzo overlooks.....
Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 11:50 AM (vV/gB)
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Wow!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 12:01 PM (0jtPF)

367 Your kid is going to have to spell and/or pronounce their first name for the rest of their lives.
Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 11:58 AM (Vz8kB)


That's easy, the kid just has to remember and spell the one. It's everyone they meet who has to remember the qUiRky uNiQuE name you gave them, and they're going to resent the kid for it, not the parents.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (y87Qq)

368 Between our extreme obsession with sex and the Victorians' extreme repression lies a gulf of misunderstanding, particularly when it comes to florid expressions of "love."

Indeed. One of the things I enjoy about Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin books is that he demonstrates this older, lost form of bond and friendship that today has people going "gayyyy" when they were just very good buddies. Today, "love" has become "lust" and any expression of it toward someone necessarily has to mean "I want to stick my outie in your innie"

Its a hideous corruption of the entire concept of love, degrading it to a brute physical act that would horrify people in the past. I very highly recommend CS Lewis' book The Four Loves to understand this.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (39g3+)

369 359
''I have both seasons of the Disney Zorro TV series. never thought about
getting the book. I see that it is available for s low at 2.99. My have
to give it a try.''



Oh my gosh, I loved that series when I was a kid. Guy Williams as Zorro.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (jm1YL)

Season 2 was cut short in a dispute Disney had with ABC about who owned the 'rights' to the series. But now Disney owns ABC so is no longer an issue.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (mpXpK)

370
Your kid is going to have to spell and/or pronounce their first name for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 11:58 AM (Vz8kB)



That's easy, the kid just has to remember and spell the one. It's
everyone they meet who has to remember the qUiRky uNiQuE name you gave
them, and they're going to resent the kid for it, not the parents.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (y87Qq)


I would think the kid is going to resent it too.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 12:03 PM (Vz8kB)

371 A couple were lamenting that their grandchild has a brand new last name,
unconnected to either parent, because the parents wanted the child to
have its own unique identity.

Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:51 AM (ANIFC)


Only people that don't have children (more than one makes this even more obvious) would/could think the Child's name is what makes them "unique".

Posted by: X-ray at April 15, 2018 12:04 PM (TGrKk)

372 Season 2 was cut short in a dispute Disney had with ABC about who owned the 'rights' to the series. But now Disney owns ABC so is no longer an issue.
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Disney owns everything.

Posted by: Puddin Head at April 15, 2018 12:04 PM (vV/gB)

373 365: Tell it like it is, Puddin Head!

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 12:04 PM (5gaNQ)

374 I'm listening to the Portland mayor. He is an ass, of course. And the local news found a poll that shows Trump's approval at 43% so they are happy. Sort of interesting since Rasmusen's poll shows his approval among just blacks at 30%.

My stepson told us they plan to name their son Abraham Alexander. Alexander is my stepson's middle name. I like it. It's not a family name but it's not some new nonsensical name.

Posted by: Notsothoreau at April 15, 2018 12:04 PM (Lqy/e)

375 '' I agree. My husband also has a first name (a family name) that subjected ''

In the south using family names is more the rule than the exception. Nobody ever batted an eye at some of the unusual monikers I heard when we lived down there.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 12:05 PM (jm1YL)

376 As long as they're changing Little Women, why not make it into Big Beautiful Women? That's my craigslist descriptor.

Posted by: Lena Dunham at April 15, 2018 12:05 PM (/qEW2)

377 Infidel, you can disable Alexa in Settings

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (hMwEB)


That's what THEY want you to think!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 12:05 PM (n9EOP)

378 Naming your kids after ancestors and previous family members is a way of tying your family together and creating bonds. Not doing so is a deliberate way to avoid that.


I considered the ancestors. We have a geneaology for one branch of the family that goes back to the 1600s. Unfortunately, it's all William Robert John John Robert William for a few hundred years, then around the Civil War it was Ezekiel Elijah whatever and then it went back to John Robert Thomas.

So we picked a couple of Irish names, legit names, not made up, and my kids have cool names.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 12:06 PM (fuK7c)

379 Tell me about a family name as the first name...

Posted by: Fitzwilliam Darcy at April 15, 2018 12:07 PM (Vz8kB)

380 334---She also does not say whether she had sex with anybody, which she wouldn't, because it's really nobody's business.

A concept lost on our current culture.
Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (Pz4pT)
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There must be no line between the private and the public!!!
IOW, as the commissar in Dr Zhivago said, the private life is over.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 12:07 PM (0jtPF)

381 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:12 AM (39g3+)

Have you read "Kim"?

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 12:07 PM (n9EOP)

382 I read The Space Willies when I was in the Navy in 1971 and have a fond remembrance of it. Read Wasp many years later. I think I remember the guy saying the Waitabits were unconquerable I think because the "conquerors" would get too frustrated with their slowness.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at April 15, 2018 12:07 PM (IqV8l)

383 So we picked a couple of Irish names, legit names, not made up, and my kids have cool names.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 12:06 PM (fuK7c)


Yeah, and they're normal!

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 12:08 PM (Vz8kB)

384 Infidel, you can disable Alexa in Settings
Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (hMwEB)

That's what THEY want you to think!
Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 12:05 PM (n9EOP)


Imagine being a kid born in 2003. Parents wanted an uncommon but traditional name, lots of history. Maybe the feminine form of a grandfather's name. So now you're a 15 year old girl named Alexa, and it's your poor parents' fault.

TANJ.

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 12:09 PM (y87Qq)

385 They call it Stormy Mondah

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DRUDGE REPORT
@DRUDGE_REPORT
Stormy to appear at Cohen hearing Monday...

Yeah, bring a little class to the proceedings.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 12:10 PM (+y/Ru)

386 There must be no line between the private and the public!!!

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 12:07 PM (0jtPF)

You have made this point in the past, and it resonates with me.

It is part of how the progressive movement is destroying the sense of self.

Posted by: CharlieBrown'sDildo at April 15, 2018 12:10 PM (wYseH)

387 Sorry, late to the game.

I like to think Lauren's husband makes her wear a bag over her head during sex.

Oh, and Richmond Flying Squirrels.


Posted by: goatexchange at April 15, 2018 12:11 PM (YFnq5)

388 So now you're a 15 year old girl named Alexa


Way OT, but I hate Apple for calling their bot Siri. Siri was one of Andrew Wyeth's best models and that name should be left alone.

Posted by: Bandersnatch at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (fuK7c)

389 What's TANJ?

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (hMwEB)

390 My brother in law joked that my 4 brothers and I all had Gas Station names (short enough to easily fit on the embroidered name tag pump jockeys had on their uniforms). Which was true for the common short versions Bob, Bill, Jack, Jim and Tom.

Posted by: X-ray at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (TGrKk)

391 Oh, and Richmond Flying Squirrels.




Posted by: goatexchange at April 15, 2018 12:11 PM (YFnq5)


There is also the Richmond U Spiders.

Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (Vz8kB)

392 Oh my gosh, I loved that series when I was a kid. Guy Williams as Zorro.
Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 11:57 AM (jm1YL)

Season 2 was cut short in a dispute Disney had with ABC about who owned the 'rights' to the series. But now Disney owns ABC so is no longer an issue.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (mpXpK)


See, now 'Zorro' is a series they could reboot and adding a bunch of Diversity! would not be so obnoxious. Because in old California, you've got your white settlers, your Spaniards and Mexicans, and your native Americans. Throw in a few freed or runaway black slaves and you're golden.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 12:14 PM (xlCXC)

393 388: My older daughter has a friend named Alexa who is very unhappy about its usage

Posted by: CN at April 15, 2018 12:14 PM (5gaNQ)

394 Anne Frank House banned Jewish employee from wearing skullcap...

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I guess they don't want it to be too Jewish.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 12:14 PM (+y/Ru)

395 Have you read "Kim"?

No, I have not. I haven't read very much Kipling, got started late in life with reading classics so I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm finding that some of them are less classic because of innate value and more because of veneration and reputation (like most early 20th century American writers).

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:15 PM (39g3+)

396 Lynchburg Hillcats! Go Hillcats!

Posted by: Weasel at April 15, 2018 12:15 PM (MVjcR)

397 335 I understand, OM. It's the oxy and vodka talking.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (qJtVm)


I'm actually off of the oxy now, and thank God for that. I'm now down to Tylenol for pain management.

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 12:15 PM (xlCXC)

398
Glass front bookcases. Dammit.

Posted by: Dust at April 15, 2018 08:57 AM (5OO3x)

Also known as "barrister book cases" IIRC.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 12:15 PM (vUFR0)

399 nood

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:15 PM (mpXpK)

400 @DRUDGE_REPORT

Stormy to appear at Cohen hearing Monday...



Yeah, bring a little class to the proceedings.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at April 15, 2018 12:10 PM (+y/Ru)
Will the chair be replaced with a pole?

Posted by: X-ray at April 15, 2018 12:16 PM (TGrKk)

401 There is also the Richmond U Spiders.
Posted by: Vendette at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (Vz8kB)


Doesn't Butte, Montana have a team called the Pirates?

Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader & Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 12:16 PM (xlCXC)

402 >>265 I read that as *Encyclopedia Brown*. LOL! I loved those stores as a kid!!

Posted by: Cheriebebe at April 15, 2018 12:17 PM (DAdSz)

403 I thought Barrister bookcases were the ones with glass panes that lifted up?

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 12:17 PM (hMwEB)

404 See, now 'Zorro' is a series they could reboot and adding a bunch of Diversity! would not be so obnoxious.

Of course, the local native tribes would be wise and just and peaceful folks oppressed by the evil clergy. I tried to read a prequel some woman wrote to Zorro recently, and it started out exactly this way, had Zorro's mom be a captured Indian princess, and I just gave up after three chapters.

Anne Frank House banned Jewish employee from wearing skullcap

The guy that took it over doesn't give a damn about Anne Frank, he loves the name and status of the organization and is using it as a bludgeon to promote hard left sjw crap.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:17 PM (39g3+)

405 Hearts of Darkness and Apocalypse Now. Too lazy to paw through my books, but those who are into it would enjoy a book that is Coppola's wife's diary during the filming of AN. To double down, the Norton Critical edition of Heart of Darkness has numerous essays comparing AN to HD. It was interesting.
Posted by: The Poster Formerly Known as Mr. Barky at April 15, 2018 11:56 AM (IGNqr)


I read the Conrad story, long after having seen the movie. It struck as rather dull and not very clear in its point. I think it was about the folly of colonizing, or some other such thing that I couldn't care less about.

Whereas Vietnam was (and is) relevant to the modern world. Whether Coppola really had any idea what he was doing or not, his movie was a masterpiece of creating a world inside another world, and somehow making it resonate far beyond the structure of the story itself.

Posted by: BurtTC at April 15, 2018 12:17 PM (Pz4pT)

406 According to the historian David Hackett Fischer, giving kids weird and unusual names was a quirk habit among the "borderers" aka the Scots-Irish. The unfortunately named "Ima Hogg" came from a well to do Texas family. Another Scots-Irish woman named her daughters Hoyette, Norvetta and Yerdith back in the 40's. Imagine being named Yerdith in the 1950's. But most Scots-Irish preferred naming kids after their grandparents.

The mother of Yerdith said she wanted names for her kids that nobody had ever had. Unfortunately, just about every young parent in the country thinks like that now. It's no longer unique and original for kid's names to look like their parents picked letters out of a Scrabble box.

Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 12:18 PM (H80UQ)

407 368---Its a hideous corruption of the entire concept of love, degrading it to a brute physical act that would horrify people in the past. I very highly recommend CS Lewis' book The Four Loves to understand this.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (39g3+)
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I second the recommendation of The Four Loves!
I think it one of his best books and wonder why it is not more widely read.

Posted by: Margarita DeVille at April 15, 2018 12:18 PM (0jtPF)

408 What's TANJ?
Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 12:13 PM (hMwEB)


Five bucks, same as it is downtown.



AHAHAHAHAHA

(There Ain't No Justice, from Niven's Ringworld, possibly from Heinlein)

Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 12:19 PM (y87Qq)

409 Someone mentioned Asimov earlier. Back in the day in NYC, I was Gene Simmons personal bodyguard. Kiss was recording an album at the time, which meant he was in the studio from noon till 1:00 AM. Lots of time at Gene's Apt on Central Park West to spend time. Turns out his next door neighbor was Isaac Asimov. Spent dozens of afternoons having tea with the good Dr. talking about everything and anything. I was way young then. Would love to do it again knowing what I know.

Posted by: Granges McBasketball at April 15, 2018 12:20 PM (6yI1r)

410 That's easy, the kid just has to remember and spell
the one. It's everyone they meet who has to remember the qUiRky uNiQuE
name you gave them, and they're going to resent the kid for it, not the
parents.
Posted by: hogmartin at April 15, 2018 12:02 PM (y87Qq)


Since I spent a lot of time looking people up in public databases to send legal papers to - papers that no-one looks forward to getting by the way - I have to say that qUiRkY uNiQuE names made my job soooooooooo much easier.

My family has using the same christian names for generations.
That is why all my Grandpa's brothers and Cousins had nick names, since they all were essentially called "Bruce"

I joke that the only time they would see their real names was on the charging instrument.

Posted by: Kindltot at April 15, 2018 12:21 PM (2K6fY)

411 Re: Chesterton: I recommend reading Orthodoxy before The Man Who Was Thursday because otherwise you probably won't understand what's going on with Thursday at all. Other than that, I pretty much second everything that's been recced so far and add a plug for his poetry, especially Greybeards at Play and The Ballad of the White Horse. What I Saw in America is outstanding, too, as is The Everlasting Man.

Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 15, 2018 12:22 PM (wbY28)

412 Grandson's middle name is a family name on the dad side. Hartley. Poor thing.

Posted by: Infidel at April 15, 2018 12:22 PM (a3OL0)

413 Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:41 AM (39g3+)

I've often thought the beginning sign of the decline of a moral society was when they started allowing actors to be buried in hallowed ground!

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 12:22 PM (n9EOP)

414 "Borborygmy" or "Clamorous peristalsis" would be good reasons to call in sick.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 09:09 AM (qJtVm)

Paging Dr. Muldoon, paging Dr. Muldoon. Dr. Muldoon, please pick up the red phone.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 12:24 PM (vUFR0)

415 "Borborygmy" or "Clamorous peristalsis" would be good reasons to call in sick.

I had a lot of fun recently digging up old fake names for diseases for my current writing project. Those snake oil salesmen were around for quite a while selling various concoctions while claiming they'd heal "marthambles" "the strong fives" and other nonexistent diseases. So I swiped those and lots of very old, odd names for existing ones and used them to create fictional game-setting maladies.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:27 PM (39g3+)

416 Such as that execrable Beatle's song "Oubla-di-oubla-duh" ?

Posted by: Muldoon at April 15, 2018 09:24 AM (wPiJc)

Now, I like that one. Harmless little song, with a bit of a calypso feel to it.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 12:30 PM (vUFR0)

417 Posted by: Granges McBasketball at April 15, 2018 12:20 PM (6yI1r)

That's cool!
What was Asimov like?

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 12:31 PM (hMwEB)

418 Those snake oil salesmen were around for quite a while selling various concoctions while claiming they'd heal "marthambles" "the strong fives" and other nonexistent diseases. So I swiped those and lots of very old, odd names for existing ones and used them to create fictional game-setting maladies.
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:27 PM (39g3+)
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The Strong Fives! That can lay a man low.

I like those olde-timey ailments like The Ague and La Grippe.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 12:32 PM (qJtVm)

419 Now, I like that one. Harmless little song, with a bit of a calypso feel to it.

Like "when I'm 64" which charmed my mom and I didn't care for when I was young. Now I understand, its timeless, it works no matter when you hear it, as opposed to Revolution #9 or pretty much anything before Rubber Soul.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:32 PM (39g3+)

420 I had a lot of fun recently digging up old fake names for diseases for my current writing project.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:27 PM (39g3+)

What are you writing, Chris?

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 12:33 PM (hMwEB)

421 Posted by: Elisabeth G. Wolfe at April 15, 2018 12:22 PM (wbY2

I'm slowly working my way through "Orthodoxy" but I have to stop so often to think about what I just read.

Thinking "The Everlasting Man" should be next in the queue?

Posted by: Comrade Hrothgar at April 15, 2018 12:33 PM (n9EOP)

422 ''Since I spent a lot of time looking people up in public databases to send legal papers to - papers that no-one looks forward to getting by the way - I have to say that qUiRkY uNiQuE names made my job soooooooooo much easier.''

I'll bet it did.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 12:36 PM (jm1YL)

423 What are you writing, Chris?

Sourcebook for my fantasy campaign setting.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 12:37 PM (39g3+)

424 I believe the first instance of a classic book being rewritten to be more 'woke' that I ran across was John Scalzi's 're-imagining' of H. Beam Piper's 'Little Fuzzy' back in 2011. Anyone have an earlier example?

Posted by: RNB at April 15, 2018 12:39 PM (DjjZJ)

425 The Romeo and Juliet as modern gangs with Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes was decent, she was so cute in that angel outfit.....
Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:43 AM (39g3+)

That's a fantastic idea!

Posted by: West Side Story at April 15, 2018 12:40 PM (7uYFy)

426 ''See, now 'Zorro' is a series they could reboot and adding a bunch of Diversity! would not be so obnoxious. Because in old California, you've got your white settlers, your Spaniards and Mexicans, and your native Americans. Throw in a few freed or runaway black slaves and you're golden.''

That could work. Why don't you get a treatment together and submit it to Disney? Better yet, maybe we could do a group write? There'd be no end to the diversity we would come up with and it would be funny as heck.

Posted by: Tuna at April 15, 2018 12:42 PM (jm1YL)

427 Almost got this. Held off. You recommend buying?

Posted by: Simplemind


Yes, absolutely.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 15, 2018 12:44 PM (bsBH4)

428 Earlier someone was asking about ebook readers. Amazon now has the Kindle Fire 7 on sale for $35. That is a good deal.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:45 PM (mpXpK)

429 According to the historian David Hackett Fischer, giving kids weird and unusual names was a quirk habit among the "borderers" aka the Scots-Irish. The unfortunately named "Ima Hogg" came from a well to do Texas family. Another Scots-Irish woman named her daughters Hoyette, Norvetta and Yerdith back in the 40's. Imagine being named Yerdith in the 1950's. But most Scots-Irish preferred naming kids after their grandparents.


Posted by: Donna&&&&&&V. at April 15, 2018 12:18 PM (H80UQ)
Thomas Sowell once wrote a controversial book about how many of the anti-social behaviors associated with Black Americans could be traced back to Southern rednecks and hillbillies---Scots Irish---of the colonial era.
Maybe naming their kids weird names is part of that tradition.....

Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 12:45 PM (7uYFy)

430 But that is a one day only sale.

Posted by: Vic We Have No Party at April 15, 2018 12:46 PM (mpXpK)

431 It's been interesting to find out the idea of the
canal predates the actual building by several decades. I have to read a
bit further but, I'm really wondering why Panama was chosen over
Nicaragua.



No spoilers, darn it! Still reading the book!

Posted by: Charles Dickens at April 15, 2018 10:05 AM (WEBkv)

I don't think this constitutes a spoiler. Nicaragua and Costa Rica were involved in a border war over the Rio San Juan, which makes up a major part of the proposed sea-level canal. The Spanish were able to bring galleons right up the river into the big lake, and founded a city on the lake called Granada, which is a fascinating place to visit. The coastal mountains on the southwest shore the big lake, Lago de Nicaragua are very low, just a range of hills, really, and modern earthmoving equipment could easily excavate a sea-level canal. You would probably need at least one set of locks, though, as the Pacific and Atlantic oceans are not quite at equal levels. China has obtained a concession from Nicaragua to build a sea-level canal, but since they are also heavily invested in the Panama canal, I doubt they will act on it. It's more to freeze out potential competition.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 12:48 PM (vUFR0)

432 I still think Trump should have quickly re-hired Comey, then fired him again, like Steinbrenner did with Billy Martin.
Posted by: josephistan at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (ANIFC)

I've always found parallels between Steinbrenner and Trump. In the late '70's those Miller Lite ads always featured sports celebrities and in one, Steinbrenner tells Martin ( when they disagree about the beer being "less-filling" or whatever the tag line was) "You're Fired!"

"You're Fired" was Steinbrenner's catch phrase long before it was Trump's....

Posted by: JoeF. at April 15, 2018 12:53 PM (7uYFy)

433 I thought it was spelled "rodomontade"--or at least that was the way it was spelled back when it was on my 11th grade vocabulary list and I thought it was a salad dressing made from rats.

Posted by: sestamibi at April 15, 2018 12:54 PM (WusEB)

434 Madison Muskies

Posted by: Sharkman at April 15, 2018 12:55 PM (bsBH4)

435 I read The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven a while back (maybe I mentioned this on here? dunno)

As sorta-inspiring as the book was in places, my skepticism alarms were always jangly (considering the topic, duh), and it didn't help that the authors' name was Malarkey. (Really)

So now I find this:
Tyndale [publisher] Sued by Boy Who Didn't Come Back from Heaven - Subject of retracted afterlife account demands damages for using his name.

Kid says he made it all up for attention, and his dad (whose current status is not mentioned in the article) fanned it into the book. Tyndale has pulled and discontinued the book since the kid came out, so I don't know why the kid is suing them, but it's all a mess. And sad.

Link to Christianity Today article
http://bit.ly/malarkey-book

Posted by: mindful webworker - heaven is in your miiiind at April 15, 2018 12:55 PM (ATv6t)

436 Donna of the Ampersands, yes, the part in Death on a Friday Afternoon about the Cross being much shorter than we usually think is pretty chilling. Mary and John were standing within feet of Jesus for the entire ordeal. I can't imagine their feelings of lost hope.

Posted by: Sharkman at April 15, 2018 12:58 PM (bsBH4)

437
We break up Yugoslavia to prevent their car from become popular with resbian.
Posted by: the Subaru Corporation at April 15, 2018 09:29 AM (/qEW2)

*snort*

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 15, 2018 12:58 PM (ihzOe)

438 "Why am I not 50 points ahead? Wisconsin? Why do we
need to go there? Most of those dumb hicks are voting for us, anyway.
What we really need to do is to run up our vote totals in California,
Illinois, and New York."


Posted by: OregonMuse, AoSHQ Thought Leader Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair Magazine at April 15, 2018 10:48 AM (xlCXC)

It's almost as though she believed her own bullshit that the popular vote mattered more than the EC.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 01:00 PM (vUFR0)

439 Infidel, you can disable Alexa in Settings

Posted by: votermom certified russian matryoshka bot at April 15, 2018 11:07 AM (hMwEB)

If have a device that is infected with one those things like Alexa or Cortana, could you go into the OS files and delete some some minor executable required for it to work? Or maybe rename it so the OS could not find it?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 01:11 PM (vUFR0)

440 I'm currently reading Last Shot by Gregg Hurwitz. It got off to a rocky start IMO, and I nearly put it down because of the huge cast of characters and prison lingo (trust me, unless you're in LE or a prison guard, this stuff would be Greek) but glad I didn't. Can't wait to pick it back up.

Posted by: SandyCheeks at April 15, 2018 01:20 PM (ihzOe)

441 SandyCheeks, I like Hurwitz's YA fiction.

Ain't no shame!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, She-Wolf of the 'Ettes 'Ettes at April 15, 2018 01:24 PM (qJtVm)

442 I mean no disrespect or slur to your parents but I
wish parents would not do that. Your children are not pets. They are
not a car you name "Brad." They are human beings saddled with the name
you choose for them and have to live with it. Be wise and thoughtful,
not trendy or cute.

Posted by: Christopher R Taylor at April 15, 2018 11:49 AM (39g3+)

The other side of the coin is children who were given a perfectly good cromulent name by their parents, and throw it away and take on a dumb name for some fanciful reason. Shows disrespect.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at April 15, 2018 01:25 PM (vUFR0)

443 I suspect that the great-grandfather mentioned may have been the last living conservative involved in the Detroit Public Schools.

Posted by: ELD at April 15, 2018 01:41 PM (q9mOj)

444 Paul Ryan. I thought he was good but now I realize that it was all Yvonne De Carlo

Posted by: REDACTED at April 15, 2018 01:45 PM (VWsDy)

445 Beware of the man who means no disrespect

Posted by: REDACTED at April 15, 2018 01:47 PM (VWsDy)

446 vergesslichen

Posted by: m


Gesundheit !

Posted by: JT at April 15, 2018 02:17 PM (i/ESc)

447 Check out "Scars and stars" by Dustin Stephens.

A very moving story.

Posted by: seamrog at April 15, 2018 02:22 PM (Dg691)

448 The Las Vegas 51s in honor of Area 51. They have an alien head in their logo.

Posted by: Zoltan at April 15, 2018 02:50 PM (RKP6T)

449 424 I believe the first instance of a classic book being rewritten to be more 'woke' that I ran across was John Scalzi's 're-imagining' of H. Beam Piper's 'Little Fuzzy' back in 2011. Anyone have an earlier example?

Agatha Christie's novel "Ten Little Indians" originally had a different less woke title.

I won't be able to get to the HQ from work anymore, as the network folks have recategorized it as "hate and racism".

Posted by: Anachronda at April 15, 2018 03:42 PM (fA5xz)

450 Curse you, Ace of Spades Book Thread!

I almost always find something worth downloading and reading.

Maybe I meant, "Thank you..."

;./

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